Striking Jail Inmates Hospitalized in B’la

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BARAMULLA: Several prisoners who are on hunger strike, protesting against the non-availability of public prosecutors in courts, in Baramulla sub-jail have been hospitalized.

Sources said the jail inmates had gone on an indefinite hunger strike on Monday to register their protest against the absence of public prosecutor in courts.

“Even after the issuance of orders from the concerned department which appointed Advocate Abdul Majeed Rather as the public prosecutor, the jail inmates continue to suffer and have been deprived of their rights,” a senior lawyer at the district Court Baramulla said.

Dr. Bashir Ahmad of Baramulla district hospital told GNS that the hospital authorities have received some inmates who were suffering from dehydration. 

After last month’s hunger strike by the inmates, the law department had issued orders of appointment of a new public prosecutor at principle and sessions court Baramulla.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 492 of the code of criminal procedure, samvat 1989, the government hereby appoints Advocate Abdul Majeed Rather as public prosecutor for the court of principal district and session judge Baramulla for a period of one year,” the order had said.

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