‘Suppression’ deprives Kashmiris of legal rights: Bar

Srinagar: While expressing deep concern over continued suppression of basic human and democratic rights of people, Kashmir High Court Bar Association Saturday it has resulted in deprivation of even legal rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The unabated state of repression has resulted in deprivation of even legal rights of the people. Innocent youth are arrested without any justification and are kept in unlawful custody without any authority of law and in violation of the constitutional safeguards and Supreme Court directions given by the apex court of India in case D.K. Basu versus state of West Bengal,” G. N. Shaheen General Secretary of the lawyers body, said in a statement here.

Bar Association, he said, firmly believes that the State authorities were responsible for illegal arrests and abuse of Public Safety Act under which the respective district magistrates detain innocent people and calls upon the state authorities to desist from the continued policy of state ‘repression’.

“The Bar Association is concerned about the plight of detenues inside the jails and is concerned about their health as neither balanced diet is provided to the detainees nor proper Medicare is provided to them inside the jails in consequence of which health of various detenues is deteriorating day by day.”

He said that Bar Association was concerned about the continued detention of Asiya Andrabi, Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi, Abdul Ahad Parra, Mohammad Akram Najar, Mohammad Yasin Yatoo, Mohammad Yasin Atayee and Javid Ahmad Najar who are languishing in Kotebalwal Jail Jammu. “The Bar Association is deeply concerned about Qazi Yasir Mirwaiz of South Kashmir who is not released despite the directions of the High Court.”

Shaheen said that association calls upon the state government and the government of India for release of the political prisoners at the earliest and respect court directions.

“The Bar Association appeals the parents of the youth who have been arrested and detained under PSA at the earliest in order to take appropriate legal steps for their release with the help of the Bar Association.” (PBI)

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