Srinagar, April 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has strongly condemned the use of brute force against the prisoners in Central Jail, Srinagar, and has decided to take up the matter before the High Court.

The HCBA in a statement issued in Srinagar maintained that under jail laws every prisoner had a right to human dignity and non-deprivation of his fundamental rights. They have to be provided adequate diet, health, medical treatment, clean and hygienic conditions and proper clothing, bedding and equipment, it added.

The statement said the prison authorities have also to take steps for ensuring the speedy trial of their cases and grant of bail to them. “In every jail, which has a population of 200 prisoners, canteen facilities have also to be provided to the inmates. The Prison Laws also provide of shifting of prisoners to hospitals in emergent cases,” it maintained.

The HCBA said there is no law which provides that after sunset the prisoners should be marched out of their barracks for shifting to any other place or subjecting them to any ill-treatment. It said asking the prisoners to shift from old barracks to the new ones at around 9:00pm on Thursday was not therefore permissible under law.

It is, however, unfortunate it was that the jail authorities of Central Jail, Srinagar, had asked the inmates at 9:00pm on Thursday to shift to new barracks which led to an altercation, providing an excuse to the jail authorities to resort to desecrate several religious scriptures and fire bullets and pellets on them due to which several inmates got seriously injured, it maintained.

It said the story of shifting of inmates from old to new barracks is not true but only a cover to hide the reality.


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