Srinagar, Apr 10: Authorities in J&K have shifted at least 30 Kashmiri inmates including Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr Hameed Fayaz, and Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith(JAH), vice president Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri from Kotbalwal prison Jammu to Haryana prison, news agency KNO Wednesday quoted top officials in the prisons department saying.
The development was first leaked on social media by the son of Ameer-e-Jamaat.
Sources said that apart from Dr Fayaz and JAH vice president, 28 other Kashmiris were shifted to Haryana Jail. Majority of those who have been shifted to Haryana are JeI activists and religious leaders who have been booked under Public Safety Act.
A top official of prison’s department disclosed that “some prisoners have been shifted from Jammu prison and it was a routine exercise.”
“I don’t remember the number but yes, some have been shifted outside,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the families of the prisoners alleged that the shifting of them from Jammu to Haryana was against the Geneva Convention and the High Court ruling that stresses on lodging a prisoner closer to this home.
“There are clear cut directions that a prisoner has to be lodged in a prison closer to his home. But in J&K, these rules are being thrown out of the window. Even there is a Supreme Court guideline that prisoners be kept in jails in their home districts,” said a family member, whose close relative has been shifted to Haryana prison. (With inputs from KNO)