Srinagar, Jan 11: Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) on Friday said that its incarcerated chief, and senior leader, Shabir Shah has been shifted to Kasturi ward of Tihar jail, which is meant for the prisoners whose jail record or behavior towards other inmates or towards jail staff is not good.
In a statement issued here, spokesperson of the party said, “Shabir Shah has been placed in a small cell of the ward, where he is unable to even spread his legs while sleeping. Prisoners are shifted to Kasturi ward as a case of punishment and Kashmir’s leader, Shabir Shah is virtually being punished in Tihar jail for advocating right to self-determination of the people of Jammu Kashmir.”
Spokesperson said, “Time and again we apprised the government that Shabir Shah is already having multiple ailments especially knee and back pain, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, heart ailments and he is not able to get himself accommodated in the small cell. Moreover, the washroom Shabir Shah is allowed to use is so small and troublesome that it is very difficult to use. Even the resistance leader is allowed to go to washroom only after seeking permission. It has become torture for Shabir Shah to stay in the cell and he is not even allowed to move out to sit in the sun for some time.”
He said, “By placing Shabir Shah in a cell meant for punishing prisoners, it has become evident that the government has some evil intentions about the senior resistance leader. Since the government couldn’t break the will of Shabir Shah by rigorous imprisonment not meant for a political prisoner, it has now started using cheap means against the jailed leader which is highly condemnable and has upset his family and followers.”