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Geelani condemns ‘ill treatment’ of prisoners in Tihar

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Srinagar, Oct 7: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday expressed shock over the Ramban accident in which 22 persons were killed yesterday.

Geelani prayed for eternal peace of departed souls and wished the injured, speedy recovery, said a statement issued by the amalgam.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) has also strongly condemned the treatment meted to the Kashmiri and Pakistani prisoners in Tihar jail.

“Hurriyat Conference while condemning this brutality said that this is a gross violation of national and International laws which compel every country to abide by these rules and regulations to ensure the safety of every individual under custody,” said the statement.

It said the inmates languishing in Indian jails are mostly political prisoners qualifying for more human and civilized behaviour from their captives, “but India very brazenly and cunningly subjects them to inhuman treatment.”

Hurriyat (G) also condemned the raid on the incarcerated elder son of Syed Salah-ud-din a few days back and termed it as “vandalism and hooliganism by men in authority.”

“…pro-freedom leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali despite court orders have not been released,” said the statement.

Hurriyat (G) said that Indian authorities themselves tarnish the image and stature of its own judiciary by not respecting their verdict, “but these tactics will not deter us from pursuing our goal of freedom.”