Lamenting over the deteriorating health of the caged Kashmiri prisoners in different jails all across India, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said that 14, 000 people, mostly teenagers and political workers, have been detained under various FIRs since 2009.
Addressing a press conference at his Hyderpora residence, Geelani said that hundreds of prisoners are languishing in jails in and outside the state.
He said 60 prisoners are languishing in District Jail Kotbalwal Jammu alone. “The rest of the prisoners in the state are languishing in District jail Amphala Jammu (15), District Jail Khutwa Jammu (18), District Jail Hiranagar Jammu (5), District Jail Udhampur Jammu (18), District Jail Kishtwar Jammu (41), District Jail Reyasi Jammu (15), District Jail Poonch (15), District Jail Dangri (Rajouri), Central Jail Srinagar (130), District jail Baramulla (15), District jail Kupwara (8), District jail Islamabad Mattan (8), JIC Kashmir Humhama Budgam (5) and Police Station STF Humhama (15),” he said.
“119 prisoners have been detained in various jails outside the state as well,” he said, including 64 in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, 11 in Rajasthan Jaipur Jail, 4 in Jodhpur Jail, 3 in Ahmadabad Jail, 17 in Sangroor Jail, 3 in Agra Jail, 2 in Gazi Abad Jail, 2 in Bangalore and 3 in Ghaziabad Jail.”
He said since November several PSAs were slapped against the leaders and political activists, including Masarat Aalam Bhat, Showkat Ahmad Dar Kulgam, Fayaz Ahmad Rather, Mohammad Amin Parray, Mudasir Maqbool Radwani, Mudasir Ahmad Sheikh, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, Zubair Ahmad Turay, Asadullah Parray, Zahoor Ahmad Kana, Bilal Ahmad Mahand and Mushtaq Ahmad.
Geelani said since 2009, 14,000 FIRs have been filed against the youth and political activists across valley. He said that total 38 life convicts are behind the bars at the moment.
Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani castigated the Mufti Sayeed government for unleashing arrest spree and said that the state is being run at the “behest of brute force”. Lambasting the Mufti’s “Battle of Ideas”, he said that Mufti has unleashed terror in every nook and corner of the state and has left no stone unturned to stay in power.
“Mufti, when not in power, had promised of providing political space to all shades of opinion, however soon after coming into power, he has trampled the voices of Hurriyat leadership and Youths across the state,” he said.
Geelani said that 72 draconian PSAs (Public Safety Act) have been slapped on political workers of Hurriyat and other youth since Mufti took over as the “puppet” CM of the state. “14000 people mostly teenagers and political workers have been detained under FIR’s only since 2009.” The Hurriyat Chief said that since this past November, 12 leaders and political activists have been detained under PSA.
Geelani lambasted Mufti for slapping another PSA on incarcerated Muslim League chairperson and senior Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam Bhat.
While terming the move as an act of “state terrorism”, Geelani said that the authorities smacked PSA on Aalam, presumably to stop his release from the jail. “This is for the 31st time since 1990 that a PSA has been slapped on the incarcerated leader,” he said. Masarat Aalam was arrested in April this year for raising a slogan (in favour of Pakistan) in Srinagar and was taken to Kot Balwal jail.
“Court this year ordered shifting of Masarat to a Srinagar jail. However government snubbed the court directive and illegally detained Masarat in Kot Balwal jail.”
The octogenarian leader said that the government is arresting youth and political leaders on flimsy grounds and lodging them in different jails and police stations across the state. He termed it a “human rights violation”.
“I appeal the human rights organisations to take a strong note of the human rights violations in the state and help Kashmiris to put an end to it.”
The senior Hurriyat leader said that the Mufti Govt is even denying seminars on Islam.
“We had proposed a seminar on Islam, Denouncing Terrorism, but the preachers of ‘battle of ideas’ didn’t allow it to take place and even detained dozens of Hurriyat activists to foil the seminar.”
Geelani also condemned the act of terrorism in France that killed more than 130 people.
“Islam in no way promotes terrorism. Killing innocents to take revenge of something that they didn’t do is terrorism,” Geelani said.
Geelani said whatever is happening in Palestine, Iraq and Syria are worst forms of terrorism. “Whatever is happening in Kashmir is also a form of ‘Indian state terrorism’,” he said.