Srinagar:- Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik Wednesday said that “not central jail or other things but it is police torture, humiliation and aggression that is responsible for new youth joining armed struggle”.“CID report and other news items published by section of media maligning Kashmiri inmates are most ridiculous and absurd,” they said in a joint statement issued on Wednesday.
Terming CID report regarding central jail Srinagar as most ‘illogical, ridiculous and bundle of lies’, JRL said that following recent escape of an inmate from SMHS hospital, “the rulers, their agencies and police have started panelizing political prisoners and other inmates especially at central jail Srinagar”.
JRL leaders said that after a series of “false and concocted” reports by some journalists, and “biased Indian media” channels and papers, dozens of innocent political inmates have been shifted to outside valley jails.
Statement said “ridiculous” reports are being framed and spread through media and other means.
They said: “CID has released a report in media in which it has said that central jail Srinagar is being used as main recruitment hub by militants and youth are being selected and lured from here to joint armed struggle.”
JRL said: “From Mahaz-i-Raishumari days in 1960s, Ameer-i-Zindan institution has been a forum facilitating good relations between jail authorities and inmates and often this forum has benefited Jail authorities to run jails smoothly but today this forum is also being slandered to inflict more trouble on Kashmiri inmates.”
JRL said that “today’s authorities are telling us that Srinagar central jail and people lodged there are promoting, recruiting and facilitating militancy from this jail”.
“This is a deliberate attempt to shift blame as it is not the central jail or other raison d’être but it is police torture, humiliation and aggression that is responsible for new youth joining armed struggle,” JRL said.
JRL said that one inmate escaped from SMHS but five others who were with him at the same hospital returned back to jail on their own.
“Nobody is discussing this aspect of the story but instead of that those who chose to return back are now being victimized and terrorized by police, CID and agencies and are being blamed for recruiting militants,” they said.
Statement said that prior to 1988, it was police atrocities, torture and humiliations which pushed a whole generation to the wall and youth of Kashmir were forced to pick guns and start a new phase of “people’s resistance”.
“From 2008 till today, Kashmiris at the behest of international community transformed their struggle, started a new non-violent revolution and are continuing with that but instead of honoring this peaceful gesture of Kashmiris, India chose to crush it with iron fist and killed hundreds of young, old, men and women including children with impunity,” statement said.
JRL said during these years, thousands of young Kashmiris who joined “peaceful resistance” were arrested, tortured, maimed, and humiliated by police and agencies.
“Police stations have been turned to worst torture centers where besides beating these young boys, their mothers, sisters and families are being showered abuses and humiliated with utmost shamelessness,” statement said.
JRL said: “This police and agency behavior was and is responsible for pushing our new generation towards armed struggle and not some jail inmates who are being victimized for the crimes committed by rulers and their authorities.”
They said “victimizing” Kashmiri inmates on the pretext of an escape incident is actually a part of “operation all out that is going on all levels to defeat Kashmiri resistance and struggle”.
“The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti recently warned Kashmiris of bringing thousands of guns for their one and establishing new forces camps and torture centers. We want to tell her that go ahead and repeat what your father did in 1990 and inflict miseries on Kashmiris but you will find our resistance going strong day by day (Insha-Allah),” they said.
JRL said that “Kashmir struggle against Indian illegal rule is a people’s movement and oppressive measures and suppression cannot deter Kashmiris from pursuing the path.”