Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Saturday expressed concern over the deteriorating health conditions of the hundreds of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails in India.
Bar urged the Government Of India and UT J&K administration to shift these prisoners from outside jails to the nearest jails in Kashmir valley.
“In view of the disastrous Covid-19 wave throughout India which is consuming thousands of lives per day, the family members of these prisoners are seriously concerned about the health and lives of their imprisoned kith and kin,” a Bar statement said.
Bar while expressing deep concern about the physical conditions of the Kashmiri prisoners in outside jails demanded immediate shifting of these prisoners to the nearest jails in Kashmir valley.
It also appealed that the cases of these prisoners/detainees must be reviewed for parole and in view of the grave pandemic situation be released on parole for the time being.
“In Tihar Jail, New Delhi, Kashmiri prisoner Shahidul Islam is Covid infected. Brain tumor patient Bashir Ahmad Bhat is very sick in prison. Health condition of other prisoners that include Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Khan, Asiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Ayaz Akbar, Parvaiz Mir and Ferooz Ahmad Bhat is deteriorating fast,” the statement said.
Sehar, Shabir Ahmad Shah’s daughter, wrote several messages on Twitter about her concern over the senior Hurriyat leader’s health and urged people to raise their voice in his support.
A meeting of Bar decided to appeal the Govt. of India and UT administration for review of the cases for release on parole and shifting of these prisoners to the nearest jails in Kashmir valley.
The meeting observed that due to Covid-19 restrictions courts are not able to take up cases with the desired priority as such Administration be reviewing cases for shifting or release of the overall prisoners on parole which is the prerogative of the Govt. and not of the judiciary.
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