Tihar torture victims seek shifting of detainees

Srinagar, Dec 3: Hailing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her intervention and seeking action against the security personnel involved in the attack on Kashmiri prisoners in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, the parents and relatives of assaulted detainees Sunday appealed her to make arrangements for their shifting and ensure their safety and security in the jail till then.
“We the parents and relatives of assaulted detainees are having every apprehension of threat to the lives of our sons lodged in Tihar jail. That the detainees at Tihar Jail may be provided all rights detailed under the jail manuals till they are shifted to Jammu and Kashmir”, the parents said in an appeal to the chief minister after staging a protest at press enclave here.
They said being the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, “we hope that your good self is morally bound to ensure the safety and welfare of our sons who are lodged in Tihar Jail.
They also wanted Mehbooba to visit the jail and ensure the safety of the detainees and initiate a process of shifting of these prisoners to jails within the state.
Hailing the steps taken by the chief minister, they said “due to your good efforts, an action against the Tamil Nadu Special Police personnel has been initiated and have been placed under suspension till further inquiry. This action taken by your good self is appreciable and we the parents and relatives of detainees lodged in Tihar jail wholeheartedly thanks you for this action”.
The parents and relatives of the detainees were joined by JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik later.
The parents and relatives of the detainees also invited her attention towards the ill-treatment meted out to the detainees ever since they were arrested. “They are facing inhuman treatment by jail authorities whenever we visit to Tihar jail for meeting them. This stands an eye-opener for human rights bodies and world organisations and for the J&K as well. As our sons are deprived of all the basic facilities which include medical aid, proper food, clothing which is against the international laws.
“We are hopeful that you will do the needful at the earliest and it will become a symbol between the government and the youth who are presently alienated”, the appeal said.