Shifting inmates to outside jails ‘cruel act’: Malik
Srinagar: Condemning the recent shifting of dozens of Kashmiri detainees to Haryana jail, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Libation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday termed the shifting of inmates to outside jails as ‘most cruel, illegal and vengeful act’ of rulers and their Kashmiri supporters.
In a statement issued here, Malik said that all international laws and even orders of the supreme court of India prevent authorities from shifting inmates to jails that are far-off from their residences and families but Jammu and Kashmir as everyone knows is a police state run on police whims and commands and what is more ironical is that all this is being done in the name of democracy and peace.
“In 1990’s, it was a common practice of authorities to shift detainees to outside Jammu Kashmir jails and after pressures from international human rights groups and Indian civil society, the practice was halted until now,” he said.
“After implementation of Governor’s rule in Jammu Kashmir, a dictatorial ordinance was issued by the regime authorizing establishment to shift Kashmiri inmates to jails and now this ordinance has been put into practice by governor’s regime,” he said.
Malik said that “shifting inmates who are already facing torment and torture in jails has no significant impact on the lives of inmates but it puts their poor families in despair and misery and hurts them emotionally and financially and the actual cruel and revengeful motive behind these shifting is to inflict more and more misery to the families of these inmates.”
“Ironically, the present regime is run by a governor who claims to be a political one but is on daily basis issuing dictatorial orders and statements which are highly regrettable,” he said.
Malik said that inmates at the said jails are living in a ‘hell’ as they are being tortured on daily basis, not let to move for a while outside their cells and even disallowed meetings with their kith and kin.
“Similarly inmates in Kuthua jail, Kotbalwal jail, Jammu jail, and Srinagar central jail and other Jails and Tihar Jail Delhi are also facing apathy of Indian authorities which is highly condemnable,” he said.
“Tyranny, oppression and torment is being unleashed against Kashmiri inmates with a sole purpose of defeating Kashmiri resistance, but oppressors fail to realize that if defeating any nation seeking freedom would have been possible by using oppressive tactics then many nation including India would not have been sovereign and free today,” he said.