Families Of Detained Kashmir Leaders Say Hostel Lacks Basic Facilities

Kashmir administration on Sunday shifted 34 political prisoners to the MLA Hostel (File)


Households of detained mainstream Kashmir political leaders, who’ve been below custody for over three months now, on Wednesday rued the dearth of primary facilities on the MLA Hostel, the place the detainees have been moved from a lodge early this week.

The households, who have been allowed to satisfy the leaders, claimed that the MLA Hostel didn’t have correct heating preparations and the meals being supplied to the politicians was substandard.

With Srinagar reeling below harsh winter situations, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday shifted 34 political prisoners to the MLA Hostel, which has been designated a sub-jail, from Centaur Lodge because it lacked heating preparations.

“This is a defunct building which lacks basic facilities. There should be a hygienic place for these leaders. There are no heating arrangements, no proper lighting arrangements. We have to get these facilities ourselves rather than the government providing them,” Shehriyar Khanum, daughter of former minister and Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) chief Naeem Akhtar, advised reporters.

Tanveer Veeri, brother of Nationwide Convention (NC) chief and former MLC Bashir Veeri, mentioned, “It would be better if they are shifted to the MLA Hostel in Jammu or even the Central Jail. There are no proper heating or lighting arrangements at MLA Hostel, Srinagar.”

Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad, father of deputy mayor of Srinagar Municipal Company Sheikh Imran, mentioned, “The food being served to them is not healthy. The rooms are not good. There is no proper matting. This is not the way to treat the elected representatives.”

Saqib Madni, son of one other PDP chief Sartaj Madni, alleged that the relations of the leaders visiting the hostel have been being harassed by police personnel.

“We are being unnecessarily harassed. They (politicians) are in jail and we accept it, but they are not allowing our vehicles inside. We are carrying certain items which these leaders need as there are no facilities. How will we shift these items like matting and heating appliances which we have to get ourselves?” he mentioned.

“They (authorities) had a better option of putting them under house arrest like so many (other) leaders were. There are so many leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, but they have detained only about 30 here. They too should have been put under house arrest,” he mentioned.

A lot of the top-level and second rung mainstream politicians have been detained on August 5, when the Centre abrogated the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir.

Two former Chief Ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — additionally proceed to be in detention.

The federal government has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar, Farooq Abdullah, below the controversial Public Security Act, a legislation enacted by his father and NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the Chief Minister.

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