Concern raised over deteriorating health of Yasin Malik in Tihar jail » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, May 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front have expressed concern over the deteriorating health condition of the incarcerated JKLF Chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik in Tihar jail.

The Hurriyat forum and JKLF in their separate statements in Srinagar said that the reports that Yasin Malik was being ill-treated in Tihar jail had set off alarm bells among the masses across Kashmir.

The Hurriyat forum said that the family members of Muhammad Yasin Malik and the people of Kashmir were worried about his well-being. The forum said that Malik was already suffering from multiple ailments and denying him proper medical treatment could pose a threat to his life.

“The resistance leaders booked under frivolous cases by the ED and NIA have completed around two years of imprisonment and yet these agencies have failed to prove any charges against them. These leaders include Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Shahidul Islam, Altaf Shah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Raja Meraj, Bashir Ahmad Butt, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, G M Butt, Shakeel Yousuf, Shahid Yousuf, Aasiya Andrabi, Sofi Fahmeeda, Nahida Nasreen and Zahoor Watali,” the statement added.

“The treatment meted out to these prisoners is a brazen violation of jail manuals and the international Geneva Convention,” the forum said and appealed to the international human rights bodies to use their good offices to ensure the safety and proper medical care to Kashmiri detainees.

JKLF in a statement said: “Keeping Yasin Malik in a solitary confinement and depriving him of his basic human rights is actually the tactics of political vendetta authorities are treading upon.”

Meanwhile, a five-day long sit-in protest was held by the Kashmiris outside the Indian High Commission in London against the ill-treatment meted out to Muhammad Yasin Malik in Indian custody.

The Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem while expressing concern over the plight of resistance leadership detained in Tihar Jail, in a statement in Jammu said that very disturbing reports were coming from the New Delhi’s notorious Tihar Jail about detained Hurriayat leaders. He said Yasin Malik was lodged in a solitary confinement which was against the rules mentioned in the jail manuals.

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