Srinagar, July 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has expressed serious concern over the worsening conditions of Srinagar Central Jail and the undue shifting of prisoners to prisons in far-flung areas of Jammu region.

An HCBA spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Jail inmates are being provided inadequate and poor quality food. They are denied medical aid and are not even produced in courts on scheduled dates. They have been left with no option but to go on an indefinite hunger strike.”

The spokesman said that the High Court of occupied Kashmir should constitute a team to visit jails after every two months to take stock of the plight of the inmates. The team should immediately visit Central Jail Srinagar and other jails to assess the situation, he said. “The HCBA has also decided to bring the plight of the inmates of Srinagar Central Jail to the notice of the High Court,” he added.

The spokesman expressed concern over raids by Indian police and troops on the residence of patron of Islami Tanzeem-i-Azadi, Abdul Samad Inqalabi, at Sumbal Sonawari in Bandipora district.

He condemned the registration of an FIR against a news gathering agency, Current News Service, for circulating the article of a freedom activist, PhD scholar Abdul Mannan Wani.

The spokesman expressed grief over the demise of Muhammad Shafi Shah, uncle of illegally detained senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah. Muhammad Shafi Shah breathed his last at his ancestral home in Islamabad district on Sunday.


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