Relatives of Tihar ‘assault’ victims hold protest in Srinagar

Relatives of Kashmiri inmates who were “assaulted” in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail protested in Srinagar Sunday, seeking their transfer to prisons in the state.

Family members of the inmates  said they should have access to the rights detailed in the jail manuals till they are shifted to the state.

They appealed to the chief minister to visit the jail and ensure the safety and welfare of their kin.

JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who joined the protesters, appealed to international human rights bodies to intervene.

18 inmates, including four Kashmiris, were beaten up by a special cell of the Tamil Nadu police inside the jail on the night of November 21. The Delhi High Court Saturday directed a three-member fact-finding committee to submit its report in two weeks, detailing the events and circumstances of the alleged assault.

The issue came to fore after the Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference released to media pictures of the bruised inmates and alleged that they had been beaten up by a special unit of the Tamil Nadu police inside the jail. The Delhi High Court has termed the reported assault on the inmates as “very disturbing” and “extremely serious in nature.”

(Featured photo by Zargar Zahoor)

 

 

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