Kathua jail is akin to the infamous Abu Gharib, alleges Hurriyat

Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Wednesday alleged that Kathua Jail is like the infamous Abu Gharib jail of Iraq.

In a statement, APHC expressed deep concern over the ill plight of prisoners lodged in Kathua and said that as per reports, situations in Kathua Jail are extremely horrible.

“Statement revealed that detainees are stripped naked and subjected to extreme brutality and torture by jail staff even in presence of their family members and those visiting jail,” read the statement of Hurriyat.

Strongly denouncing jail authorities for their callous and brutal behavior, Huriyat said that they have  turned the jail like that of infamous Abu Gharib.

“After an interval of fifteen days the detainees can meet their families and hence most of the detainees don’t get a chance to see their families or relatives. Visitors are ill-treated and humiliated by jail staff, said Huriyat.

They also added that hygienic conditions in jail and particularly in kitchen is poor and substandard food items are provided to prisoners.

In the statement, Hurriyat also pointed out that prisoners are not being provided proper medical care.

“No proper treatment is provided to those lodged in jail. Abdullah Nasir, Nazir Ahmad Rather, Peer Tanveer (Pattan) Zahoor Ahmad Lone, Gh Rasool Parey, Farooq Ahmad Towhidi and scores of other detainees said that they are suffering from different ailments,” Hurriyat said.

Huriyat also alleged that there is a single water cooler for two barracks and water supply is denied after the barracks are locked.

“The situation is extremely appalling. As a routine, prisoner can move out just for one hour and consequently are facing extreme mental torture,” said Hurriyat.

While lashing at state authorities, Hurriyat said that the jail administration is subjecting prisoners to political vendetta and torture.

“Those arrested during people’s uprising in 2016, were slapped with PSA and are languishing in different jails. More than 100 among those arrested, were re-arrested, slapped with PSA and shifted to jails outside the state,” Hurriyat said.

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