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Bar Condemns Random Arrests, Slapping of PSAs

Srinagar | Oct 13 (PTK): Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar on Thursday strongly condemned the unabated arrests of youths and putting them behind the bars “without consideration to their age, health and other factors”.
In a statement issued to PTK, Bar asked international Community to get out of their deep slumber and for the sake of humanity, “rescue the people of Kashmir from the onslaught of Indian ruthless forces who are engaged in a systematic genocide of people of Kashmir”, the lawyers’ body said in a statement this afternoon.
“Besides killing and blinding people, more than 7,000, old and young Kashmiris have been arrested and about 800 of them have been detained under PSA and lodged in far flung jails outside valley and only during past 24 hours 37 persons mostly young have been arrested and lodged in police stations and interrogation centres, where they are ruthlessly being beaten, causing injuries of grave nature on them,” the statement quoted the minutes of the Bar meeting held today.
“These forces have not even spared the Ashoora processions and besides resorting to tear gas shelling to break the processions, have arrested dozens of mourners to prevent them from reaching their destinations, which is utterly shameful,” the statement observed.
The Bar also condemned the continued house arrest and detention of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Aasiyeh Andrabi, Advocate Zahid Ali Lone, Advocate Mohammad Shafi Reshi and many others and the treatment meted out to them both inside the outside the jail.
Bar further said Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiyeh Andrabi has been kept in an unhygienic isolated cell at District Jail Baramulla, in which there are no sanitation facilities available and even restrictions have been imposed on her family members to meet her.
“Superintendent District Jail, Baramulla, is so communal and cruel that immediately after her joining in the jail, she made recommendations for the transfer of nine under trial prisoners belonging to Kashmir province, whose cases are pending in Sessions Court Baramulla, to District Jail Poonch and the Director General of Prisons, without examining as to whether he has the power to order the transfer to District Jail Poonch, obliged the Superintendent District Jail Baramulla by issuing order dated 29 8 2016, where under all the nine under trial prisoners have been shifted to District Jail Poonch, making their production in Sessions Court Baramulla impossible in future. It is very important to mention that under domestic as well as international law, the right to a fair and a speedy trial is a fundamental right and the violation of such a right, by the jail authorities to the under trial prisoners of Kashmir province, amply shows as to how much biased they are towards them and how they want to put them to unnecessary inconvenience for the belief they hold in regard to the Kashmir dispute,” the statement added.
The members also condemned firing of pellets on two brothers Azhar Ahmad Thoker and Ubaid Ahmad Thoker, “who were going for fishing” at a water body at Gooripora, quite near their residence at Noorbagh Srinagar, as a result of which Ubaid, an 18 year old student, received pellet injuries in his right eye, throat and face, which has made his future bleak.
“Ubaid is right now admitted in ward no 8 of SMHS hospital Srinagar where he is undergoing treatment for his eye injury,” the statement added.
While responding to the statement of RSS Chief, Mohan Bhagwat, about giving citizenship rights to West Pakistan refugees, the Bar stated that these refugees have “no right” to claim and/or can be granted any citizenship rights in the State of J&K and that if Mohan Bhagwat is really concerned about them, he should ask BJP Government to settle them somewhere in India and not to force them on the people of Kashmir, in any manner whatsoever. (PTK)