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APHC concerned about deteriorating health of detainees

Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Hurriyat Conference has expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained resistance leaders languishing in different jails.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that these ailing detainees should be provided proper medical treatment. “There is no proper treatment facility for ailing prisoners and instead of proper and specific treatment, they are treated by nursing orderlies and most of the time provided pain killers. The condition in Jammu jails is worst and medical experts and doctors rarely visit these detention centers,” he said.

The spokesman expressed resentment over deteriorating health of resistance leaders including Aasiya Andrabi, Muhammad Rustum Butt, Master Ali Muhammad, Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf, Abdul Subhan Wani, Ghulam Muhammad Tantray and Mushtaq Ahmad. He said that Aasiya Andrabi was suffering from multiple ailments and was critically ill and lodging her in extreme temperatures in Amphala Jail in Jammu would prove detrimental to her health. He said that the puppet administration would be responsible if anything untoward happened to the ailing woman leader.

The spokesman said, most of the prisoners are affiliated with Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and since last year more than 500 political activists are languishing in jails outside the Kashmir Valley. “150 among them are those bailed by courts, however, the authorities hindered their release and prolonged their detention while slapping draconian law Public Safety Act on them again. Over 100 though exonerated from all charges, were again booked and kept under custody,” he added.

The spokesman pointed out that the detainees were subjected to vengeance and were not treated as per the jail manual. He appealed to the world human rights organizations including International Committee of Red Cross and Amnesty International to take cognizance of deteriorating health of the Kashmiri political detainees and use their influence for their release.

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