Kashmir Indepth

Family members of inmates stage protest

Srinagar, Apr 16, : Days after the Srinagar Central Jail incident, family members of the inmates staged a protest on Tuesday saying Central Jail Srinagar is unsafe for those lodged there.

   Scores of inmates assembled at Press Enclave Srinagar and said that inmates in the jail are feeling insecure. They demanded that the jail should not be turned into ‘Guantanamo’.

    Pertinently, violent protests broke out recently inside the high security central jail in Srinagar reportedly over some construction work at a barrack. Two inmates were reportedly injured and at least three barracks and a building suffered damages amid a number of “gas cylinder blasts” inside the jail following massive protests by prison inmates.

  The protesters were carrying placards seeking safety of inmates. They alleged that authorities are mulling to shift dozens of inmates to outside Kashmir jails. They said the shifting of inmates to outside jails is total violation of court verdict. “We demand the safety and security of inmates lodged in Central Jail Srinagar. Those police personnel should be punished who attacked prisoners in the jail,” they said.

   Reacting over the protest staged by these inmates, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and parliamentary candidate for Anantnag constituency Mehbooba Mufti said that government of India wants to turn Kashmir into an open-air prison and convert the jails into Guantanamo.

    “Prisoners are entitled to fundamental human rights & using brute force to quell protests is a clear violation. Pertinent to mention that inmates protested after alleged desecration of Quran. GoI wants to turn Kashmir into an open air prison & convert actual jails into Guantanamo,” Mehbooba tweeted. (CNS)

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