Delhi HC Panel Confirms Tihar Torture

Srinagar: A committee constituted by Delhi High Court has confirmed torture of Kashmiri prisoners inside the high security Tihar jail in India’s national capital. 

The panel has found that the TSP personnel have beaten as many as 18 jail inmates of Tihar jail. The inmates include Syed Shahid Yusuf, the son of Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin.

On Monday, the Delhi High Court had directed Tihar jail authorities to get all the victims specially treated at AIIMS Delhi. 

The High Court had termed as “very disturbing” the alleged attack on inmates lodged in a high-risk ward in jail number-1 of the jail on the night of November 21.

“We need to take a call. It (the incident) is completely unjustifiable,” a bench of acting-Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar had said.

“If this is the situation in Delhi, what about other places,” wondered the bench.

It said that the issue was “extremely serious” and required a “serious probe”, before an intervention by this court.

It also appointed a three-member fact-finding committee, headed by a district judge of a trial court, to enquire into the incident and submit their report before it.

The high court was hearing a PIL by an advocate Chinmay Kanojia, who has alleged that his client Shahid Yusuf, currently being investigated by the National Investigation Agency and undergoing trial, was beaten up without any reason by the Tihar Jail staff.

The plea by advocate Jawahar Raja said a particular community, including Yusuf, were being targeted by the jail staff causing serious injuries to him and others.

The incident sent shock waves throughout Kashmir valley and one and all condemned the action of the jail authorities which was in violation of the law and jail manual.

Taking cognizance of the alleged attack on Kashmiri prisoners, chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, took up the matter with government of India and has sought action against the accused.

She spoke to Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba and asked him to intervene in the matter, said an official handout.

The Home Secretary assured the Chief Minister of a thorough probe into the incident and punishing the culprits for having violated the jail manual, an official spokesman said.

“A prison is considered to be the safest place but the alleged incidents that have come to light put a question mark on it,” Mehbooba said in a statement.

 In September this year, the Delhi High Court had directed the Tihar Jail authorities to conduct a “fair” probe and get 47 inmates, who had alleged to have been beaten mercilessly by security personnel inside the prison, medically examined.

The Court had also asked the Tihar’s Director General (Prison) to give details on “when it was detected that the CCTV cameras were not working? If they were not working, since when? Whether any complaint for repair was made? If yes, then when?”

Inqalabi ‘Thrashed’ Inside Kathua Jail: Family

Family of senior separatist leader Abdul Samad Inqalabi Tuesday alleged that Inqalabi was beaten to pulp by police inside Kathua Jail in Jammu region.

Inqalabi was arrested by Army from the residence of popular slain militant commander Burhan Wani in Tral town of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on July 6 this year and later handed over to local police.

After spending 13 days at Police Station Tral, he was shifted to Srinagar Central Jail and accordingly was booked under Public Safety Act and lodged into Kathua Jail.

“Samad Inqalabi was ruthlessly beaten up inside the jail and to prove he is mentally unsound, jail authorities even kept him in mental hospital,” allege his kin.

“The incident has occurred on November 14 this month,” the family members said adding they are eagerly waiting for his next hearing that falls on Dec 7 in Kupwara Session Court.

 “There is a threat to his life and we appeal authorities to shift him to Srinagar Central Jail,” they said.


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