Grim pic­ture of po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers in jails

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SRI­NA­GAR—Ja­maet-e-Is­lami, dis­clos­ing the grim pic­ture of the state of de­tainees lan­guish­ing in Jammu jails, has asked High Court Bar As­so­ci­a­tion to send a team of lawyers to visit jails and in­form the world about their or­deal.

The Ja­maat in a state­ment is­sued in Sri­na­gar said that the jail of­fi­cials had re­sorted to eth­nic dis­crim­i­na­tion and were flout­ing the jail man­u­als.

“Pris­on­ers are not per­mit­ted to move from one bar­rack to an­other,” Ja­maat said in a state­ment. “They are not even per­mit­ted to ac­cept the food that their visit­ing fam­ily mem­bers are get­ting along with dur­ing per­mit­ted vis­its.”

The state­ment fur­ther said that jail au­thor­i­ties had asked im­pris­oned pop­u­la­tion not to wear clothes of black and green color.

The Ja­maat state­ment said po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers have been kept with the pro­fes­sional crim­i­nals which makes their life risky. It added the sit­u­a­tion is al­most the same across Jammu jails in­clud­ing Kathua, Kot Bal­wal, Ud­ham­pur and Jammu.

Most of the peo­ple ar­rested dur­ing the on­go­ing cri­sis have been shifted to Jammu jails. Only a hand­ful of them are in Sri­na­gar or in Kup­wara and Bara­mulla jails.—KMS

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