ISLAMABAD: A report, compiled by a three-member team of High Court Bar Association (HCBA) in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK), has revealed that 21 innocent Kashmiris are languishing in the Indian jail of Tihar for last many years.
HCBA President Mian Abdul Qayoom, General Secretary Muhammad Ashrat Butt and Executive Member Arshad Andrabi have highlighted sufferings of Kashmiri prisoners in the report they released following a two-day visit to Tihar Jail, New Delhi, Kashmir Media Service reported.
According to the report, seven prisoners have been lodged in Tihar’s jail number one namely Muzaffar Ahmad Dar of Chichloora, Magam, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone of Kanelwan, Anantnag, Muhammad of Narwal Jammu, Muhammad Sidiq Ganai of Hathi Shah Sopore, Muhammad Rafiq Shah of Alasteng Srinagar, Ameer Abbas Dev of Asarabad Kishtwar and Muhammad Ghulam Jeelani Liloo, a resident of Botapora Sopore.
Muzaffar said he, under a production order, was brought to New Delhi from Central Jail Srinagar where he was facing trial in designated Court (TADA) Srinagar and Sessions Court Baramulla.
Instead of producing him in the court and bringing back to the Central Jail Srinagar, he said he was falsely implicated in a case.
According to the inmate, he was interrogated in Border Security Force Camp Chawla for 13 days, where he was subjected to third degree torture and inhuman treatment by a team headed by the Chief Investigating Officer of NIA SP Rajit Singh.
He said the investigation was not fair as the prosecution was interested to book more and more persons in the said open FIR.
In the states where NIA Act has been made applicable, special courts have been set up to try under trials but no such courts have been established in occupied Kashmir.
The action of arresting and shifting of such inmates to Delhi on the face of it is illegal and devoid of any sanction and needs urgent intervention by the members of the legal fraternity, the report added.
Almost all other inmates narrated their woeful tales and expressed same apprehensions.
Three Kashmiris have been lodged in Jail number 2 of Tihar Jail namely Mahmood Topiwala of Mamar Kangan, Shafaqat Ali Tuggu of Noorbagh Sopore and Tariq Ahmad Dar of Solina, Srinagar.
Mahmood said he was lodged in the Jail in 1995 and by now he has completed 19 years of incarceration – almost a life time imprisonment duration.
Shafaqat and Tariq said they were booked in false cases and facing jail for last many years.
Mohammad Shafi Shah of Bandipora, Waseem Akram Malik of Kishtwar, Jammu and Mohammad Farooq Dagga of Kupwara have been lodged in Jail number 3 of Tihar.
In the jail number 4, there are four Kashmiris Latif Ahmad of Srinagar, Ghulam Ahmad Khaja of Poonch, Mohammad Rafiq of Poonch and Ahtisham Farooq Malik of Sopore.
Three Kashmiris Muhammad Aslam resident of Thana Mandi Rajouri, Tawseef Ahmad Pir of Sopore and Mohammad Hussain Fazili of Srinagar have been kept in jail number 8.
The HCBA team also went to Rohini Jail, located at distance of about 9 kilometers from Tihar, where Talib Hussain and Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Bandipora have been confined.
The report concluded that Kashmiri prisoners were suffering from suffer from a feeling of deprivation and helplessness.
Being away from their home place besides they were unable to have frequent interaction with family members, lawyers and receive medical care.
The trauma of the fate of the trial of Mohammad Afzal Guru lodged in Tihar Jail, who was hanged in Tihar Jail itself, has also raised serious doubts in the minds of these poisoners about their future.
“The Kashmiri prisoners feel that they can be picked up anytime for any kind of treatment as the courts are more sympathetic towards the prosecution than the accused,” the report added.
The HCBA urged the human rights organizations to take note of the plight of Kashmiri prisoners and come for their rescue.