Scores Of Kashmiri’s Languishing In Outside Jails

Scores Of Kashmiri’s Languishing In Outside Jails

9 June 2013
Kashmir Watch


Srinagar: Scores of Kashmiri people implicated in anti-national cases are languishing in Jaipur, Gujrat, Rajsthan, Banglore and Tihar jails. Some have even completed their term but still the respective state governments are reluctant to release them. Nazir Ahmed Baba from Rainawari Srinagar told CNS his brother Bashir Ahmed Baba is languishing in one of the jails in Vadodra in Gujarat from last three years and due to long distance, they are not able to meet him. “When we cross long distance to meet him, the Jail authorities provide us only 15 minutes and every time we return with gloomy faces,” he said. On March 14, 2010, Gujarat’s ‘Anti-Terrorist Squad’ (ATS) arrested Bashir Ahmad Baba, a resident of Rainawari in downtown city, and had claimed that he was associated with Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit and that he visited Gujarat to set up network to send youth for arms training to Pakistan. The ATS lodged an FIR against Bashir under section 120 (B) of IPC and sections 16, 17, 18, 20 of Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act and subsequently sent him to Vadodara Central jail. But the Gujarat police claim is contested by Bashir’s family which says that he was sent to Gujarat by the NGO he had been working with. “He is not a militant; he was working as camp coordinator with Kimaya Cleft Centre associated with the NGO Maya Foundation. He was sent by the NGO for 15 days training related to his work to one of its centres in Gujarat for which he left home on February 17, 2010,” said Nazir. ”My brother Bashir Ahmed Baba was picked up by the Anti Terrorist Squad of Gujarat on mere suspicion and since then he is lying in Vodadra jail. He is innocent. His only guilt is that he is a Kashmiri. We have made several pleas to the state government to shift him to Jammu and Kashmir but all in vain.” Nazir said. A police officer on condition of anonymity told CNS that the state government knows that Baba is innocent yet it cannot do anything as the Judiciary in Gujrat functions in accordance with the State. “Those who closely monitored the case of Baba admit his innocence but State is helpless as it is the baby of Gujrat government,” he said adding that State police tried its best to persuade the Gujrat Government but no efforts materialized. Kashmir Committee Chariperson Ram Jeth Malani had assured the family that he will take up the matter with the Gujrat Chief Minister. “Even Professor Bhim Singh admitted that he is innocent but he didn’t do anything. Interlocutors like M.M.Ansari and Padgounkar had promised us that they will take up the issue with the Central Government but nothing positive came out,” one of the family members told CNS. Muslim Khawteen Markaz Chairperson, Zamrooda Habib told CNS that at least 50 to 60 Kashmiri people are languishing in different jails of India. “Engineer Farooq, Mirza Nisar and Abdul Gani Goni are languishing in Jaipur Jail and similarly others have been lodged in Tihar, Banglore, Rajsthan and Gujrat jails,” she said adding they are being harassed and tormented on the pretext of one or the other. She demanded that State Government must take steps to ensure their safety and bring them back to Central Jail Srinagar.