37 Kashmiris Serving Life Imprisonment

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Parents of caged youth stage protest

SRINAGAR: Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating health of their beloved ones languishing in different jails across India, scores of family members, mostly the mothers of these Kashmiri political prisoners Wednesday staged a peaceful protest in Srinagar appealing Government of India either to release their sons or shift them to Srinagar Central Jail.

More than 400 people from Jammu and Kashmir implicated in anti-India cases are languishing in different jails of India. Thirty-Seven Kashmiris are serving life imprisonment and most of them are spending their days and nights in narrow cells of Tihar and Rajhstan Jails.

The protest was organized by Muslim Deeni Mahaz, the organization that demands the immediate release of Dr Muhammad Qasim, who has been languishing in the jail from last 23 years.

“My son Javid Ahmed Khan was implicated in Lajpat Nagar bomb blast while the fact was that Javid was working as a salesman in Nepal and on way to Srinagar in 1996, Delhi police arrested him for being a Kashmiri,” Fatima Banoo the mother of Javaid who is the resident of Dukan-i-Sangeen Fathekadal Srinagar told CNS.

Nahida Banoo from Khankah Srinagar whose son Latif Ahmed is behind the bars in Rajhstan said that she gets so disturbed when she meets her son in Rajhstan. “I can’t tell you the condition of detained Kashmiri youth in Rajhstan jail. They have been suffering from different ailments and in a such a scorching heat, the jail authorities force these youth to spend all the time in narrow and dark cells while other inmates from other Indian states are allowed to spend their time in the open,” said Nahida with moist eyes.

Thirty-Seven Muslim youth from Jammu and Kashmir are serving life imprisonment for their alleged involvement in anti-India activities. They include Javaid Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Ayub Dar, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Muhammad Ayoub Mir, Sheikh Imran, Sheikh Farhat, Showkat Ahmed Khan, Nisar Mirza, Muhammad Ali Bhat, Latif Ahmed Waza all residents of Srinagar, Muhammad Amin Dar, Muhammad Amin Wani, Abdul Wahid Naik residents of Banihal, Ghulam Qadir Bhat of Kupwara, Muhmud Topiwala of Ganderbal, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, Dr Muhammad Shafi Khan residents of Budgam, Barkat Ali Khan, Muhmmad Iqbal Khan, Muhammad Sadiq Gujjar, Sai Muhammad Gujjar, Mehandia Gujjar all residents of Reasi, Noor Muhammad Tantray, Parvaiz Ahmed Mir, Feroz Ahmed Bhat all residents of Pulwama, Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Akeel Wani residents of Rajouri, Muhammad Sayid Bhat of Islamabad, Fayaz Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Ishaq Pala residents of Shopian, Gul Muhammad Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed Khan and Muhammad Hussain Malik all residents of Kathua, Mushtaq Ahmed Malla and Shabir Ahmed Bhat of Handwara, Maqsood Ahmed Bhat of Baramulla and Abdul Gani Goni of Doda.

There are some Kashmiri prisoners who have been under trial from last 8 to 15 years and they are Gulzar Ahmed Wani of Baramulla and Tariq Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Rafiq Shah, Muhammad Hussain Fazili and Bashir Ahmed Kota all residents of Srinagar.CNS

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