Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed concern over “reports of alleged harassment and manhandling of some inmates” from J&K at Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
She spoke to Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on telephone and sought his intervention in the matter, an official spokesman said.
“The Home Secretary promised a thorough probe into the alleged incidents and punishment to the culprits for having violated the jail manual,” the spokesman said.
The photographs of several injured undertrials were released by the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani , causing outrage in Kashmir. A shutdown was observed in Kashmir on Monday on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar and Yasin Malik against the ill treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners in jails in and outside the state.
According to reports, a team of Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) allegedly beat up at least 18 inmates in Tihar Jail on the night of November 21, following which the Delhi High Court on Monday directed the jail authorities to take the victims for special check-up at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
Many of the injured prisoners were Kashmiris serving detention in Tihar Jail, among them Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.