Srinagar: Accusing the police of implicating minors in â€œfictitiousâ€ cases, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani Saturday sought the intervention of UNICEF and other international bodies in the matter.
In a statement issued here today, Geelani strongly condemned the arrest of a 15-year- old boy, Touseef Hussain Bhat from Shopian under PSA while alleging that the police had implicated a 14-year-old student, Mohammad Imran Ganai from Budgam in a false case under section 302. â€œ Last September a policeman died due to an accident in Budgam, but his death was linked to pro-freedom protests and the police Â implicated several innocent persons including Imran in fictitious cases related to the policemanâ€™s death. The UNICEF should take notice of these oppressive tactics,â€ Geelani said.
Expressing concern over the plight of detainees across jails, Geelani urged Amnesty International and Red Cross to take notice of the “ill-treatment” meted out to political prisoners. â€œUnder a policy of political vendetta, political prisoners are being held in worst conditions in faraway jails, which is in contradiction to the ruling of India Supreme Court,â€ he said.
â€œTo cite one example, political prisoners at the Kot Balwal jail are kept under the most inhumane conditions. They are being deprived of proper medical facilities, and being fed sub-standardized food. After travelling hundreds of kilometers their families are not allowed to meet them,â€ Geelani alleged.