Apni Party Constitutes 2 Panels To Fight For Prisoners

Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party on Tuesday said it has formed two provincial-level committees to take up cases of lesser privileged people languishing in prisons in the Union territory and outside.

One of the committees will cater to Kashmir province while the other will take up cases in Jammu, it said.

“Many people are languishing in jails not only in Jammu and Kashmir, but also in other states. Some of them are political prisoners who do not subscribe to our ideologym while some are youth. According to some, there are innocent people as well,” the party’s general secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir told reporters here.

“The families of many of such prisoners do not have resources or the manpower to knock at the doors of the administration or the courts. So, our party has formed two committees – one each for the two regions of the Union territory,” he said.

Mohammad Ashraf Mir, the party’s Kashmir province chief, and Jammu chief Manjit Singh will head the two committees, respectively. The party’s legal team will assist them, he said.

Mir asked family members of the prisoners to get in touch with the committees and share details.

“If need be, we will try to meet the prisoners in jails even outside Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Mir said there were many forums where the grievances could be addressed, such as the lieutenant governor administration; the committee headed by the Union home secretary, a forum for detainees under the Public Safety Act, 1978, besides courts, he said.

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