DFP Protests Over Shabir Shah’s Detention

SRINAGAR — Scores of activists of Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) on Monday staged a protest in Srinagar against continuous incarceration of its chief Shabir Ahmed Shah.

The protesters led by senior party leader Advocate Fayaz Sodagar staged a demonstration at Press Enclave in Srinagar, demanding immediate release of Shah and all other political prisoners. Holding placards and banners, the protesters expressed concern over what they said the deteriorating health condition of Shah.

Sodagar said that Shah has been shifted to Kasturi ward of Tihar jail “meant for the prisoners whose jail record or behaviour towards other inmates or towards jail staff is not good.”

“Shah has been placed in a small cell of the ward where he is unable to even spread his legs while sleeping. Prisoners are shifted to Kasturi ward as a case of punishment and Kashmir’s resistance leader, Shabir Shah is virtually being punished in Tihar jail for advocating right to self-determination of the people of Jammu Kashmir,” he said.

He said that Shabir Shah is suffering from “multiple ailments especially knee and back pain, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, heart ailments and he is not able to get himself accommodated in the small cell in Tihar jail.”

“The jailed resistance leader is allowed to go to washroom only after seeking permission,” said Sodagr, adding that “by placing him  in a cell meant for punishing prisoners, has unveiled that the government of India has some evil intentions about the senior resistance leader.”

“Since the government couldn’t break the will of Shabir Shah by rigorous imprisonment not meant for a political prisoner, it has now started using cheap means against the jailed leader which is highly condemnable and has upset his family and followers.”

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