Militants Not Being Released Despite Court Orders: Hurriyat
22 July 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) today alleged that despite the court orders in favour of the release of some detained militant leaders, they are not released by the jail authorities. A spokesman of Hurriyat said that these detainees are being reimprisoned either under the 'draconian laws' like PSA or in the torture cells of police stations. While citing examples, the spokesman of Hurriyat said that Nazir Ahmad Reshi of Ganderbal and Abdul Rashid Beigh of Tulamula, Ganderbal were met with the same treatment during the last six years. 'Seventy year old Moulvi Abdul Jabar, 50 year old Moulvi Mohammad Jammal, Nazir ahmad Sheikh and Master Mohammad afzal are such detanees who have never been called for trial', said the spokesman. He added that one Zubair Ahmad Bhat of Kanlibagh- Baramulla is detained from the last four years. Two years before, the court had rejected all the charges against him, still was sent to Udamhpur jail. The spokesman expressed his concern that even after the recommendation of the SKIMS doctors to refer Zubair to Mental Hospital, he was sent to central jail. He said that another detainee, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, who has been suffering from many ailments, is not provided any treatment. The spokesman appealed to the Human rights organisations of the world take notice and visit the jails where these detainees are imprisoned. Meanwhile a Hurriyat delegation paid a visit to the residence of Shoukat Ahmad Dar, who was allegedly killed during custody and offered their condolences to the bereaved family.