National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said Kashmiri prisoners “assaulted” in New Delhi’s Tihar jail had been “sent there by the PDP” and the ruling party should shift them back to jails in Kashmir if it was so concerned about their plight.
“Instead of talking to Home Secretary, I request Chief Minister (Mehbooba Mufti) to talk to them (Kashmiri prisoners in Tihar jail) who were sent to these jails by them (PDP govt). They should meet them and see their plight and if their condition is bad let’s shift them back to Kashmir jails,” Abdullah told reporters in Srinagar.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had rang up home secretary Rajiv Gauba over telephone, day after reports surfaced that 18 Kashmiris were assaulted by a unit of Tamil Nadu Special Police inside Tihar jail on the night of November 21-22.
The victims included Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin.
The Delhi High Court on Monday said that violation of fundamental, human and legal rights of prisoners, who have alleged they were subjected to severe physical torture at the Tihar, was “very disturbing.”