HCBA concerned over prisoners’ plight


J&K High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has expressed concern over what it termed as “deteriorating condition” of detenues and undertrial prisoners belonging to Kashmir. 
“They were arrested during the strife of 2016 and were firstly booked in different cases and later detained under the provisions of PSA and lodged in the jails all over the State,” Bashir Sidiq general secretary HCBA said in a statement.  
He said a two member team of HCBA after visiting Central Jail Kot Balwal Jammu, has brought to the notice of the Bar that those of the Kashmiris who were arrested in 2016 and were booked under PSA and who challenged their orders of detention before the High Court, which has quashed their detention orders, have not been released so far. 
“They have not been granted bail in the criminal cases registered against them in different police stations and unless they obtain bail from the Courts, they won’t be released. These Kashmiris have also approached the Courts for releasing them on bail, but their bail applications have not been decided as either the police has not submitted their reports in these applications, or else, they have been again booked under the Public Safety Act and unless they get their orders of detention again quashed, they won’t be granted bail,” he said. 
“The Bar Association while condemning the inhuman treatment being meted out to the Kashmiri detenues and undertrial prisoners, more particularly to the old and unwell male and female prisoners lodged in different jails of the State, asks the members of the International Red Cross, as well as UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch to send their teams to the jails of the State to take stock of the situation prevalent over there,” it said.

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