‘Bring Us Back, Else You Won’t Get Even Our Bodies’

Srinagar—One of the 18 Kashmiri victims of assault in Delhi’s Tihar jail by Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) last week, Ahtisham Farooq Malik, was on Wednesday admitted in Neurosurgery Department of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura here.

Ahtisham, who has grave injuries on head, left arm, back and left thigh, was admitted to the Valley’s only tertiary care hospital, in compliance to the orders by the Sopore court.

Recounting the horror at Tihar jail, Ahtisham said that at about 9:21 pm on November 21, a TSP contingent comprising among others Sub Inspector Muthu Pandi, DSP Satbir Yadav, Assistant commandant (TSP) Shilwamani  and head warden Satbir entered their ward in the high security jail and start beating them ruthlessly.

“Their intention was to kill us as they hit us our heads, we were four Kashmiris in the cell, myself, Shahid Yusuf, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat and Mushtaq Ahmad Lone,” says Ahtisham.

He says it all started when “we raised the objection on the seizure of white colour pillow cover to SI Muthu.”

“He was harassing us from many days without any reason so had filed a complaint against him before the jail superintendent a few days ago. When he came inside our cell we politely told him the reasons behind harassing. This infuriated him and he raised the alarm outside and within no time he came inside our cell along with other police personnel and started beating us with sticks, batons, buckets and everything else they got,” says Ahtisham.

He says if J&K govt didn’t take steps to get back the Kashmiri prisoners across the Indian jails, they will not receive even our dead bodies.

“We are being tortured every day by jail authorities and even Hindu intimates of the jail. Poor food is served as a result our health condition is deteriorating day by day”.

“Sewage water is being mixed with Dal and is served to us. One can’t even complain,” he says

Ahtisham was brought to Jammu via train and from there he was brought to Srinagar in a Police vehicle.

“I wasn’t able to travel in the vehicle because of the Jammu-Srinagar highway is bumpy but they forced me to travel,” he said.

Ahtisham says they are living in difficult conditions in the jail “particularly after right-wing parties came into power at the center. The harassment and torture increased towards the Kashmiri prisoners,” he says.

 If the government fails take any step, he says, they will kill all Kashmiris in the jail and “nobody will come to know.”

Surrounded by guards of Delhi Police in the hospital, Ahtisham says Tihar jail has always remained in news for violating the fundamental, human and legal rights of prisoners.

Ahtisham brought to Sopore court on Tuesday in an old case involving slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Qayoom Najar.

After seeing the bad conditions of Ahtisham, the court directed the police to get him treated at the hospital as “marks of injuries were visible” on his body.

On Court orders, he was taken to sub-district hospital Sopore, where from he was shifted to SKIMS for specialized treatment.

A resident of Sopore, Ahtisham was arrested by Delhi Police in February 2012 on the charges of planning to carry out an attack in the national capital. Ahtisham is serving seven years of imprisonment which is likely to be completed soon.

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