Kashmiri leaders facing serious threat in Tihar jail, Covid-19 spreading fast: Ali Raza Syed

Famous Kashmiri political figures including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Yasin Malik, Ashraf Sehrai, Mussarrat Alam, Asia Andrabi, Farooq Dar and Ayaz Akbar detained in Tihar

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RUSSELS: Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed has warned that Threats to life of the Kashmiri detainees in the Indian jails has been increased as two prisoners died due to Covid-19 in most crowded “Tihar” prison this week, Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed has warned.

Quoting Indian media, he said two prisoners housed in Tihar jail died of Covid-19 on Tuesday night. The infection is spreading rapidly among the other prisoners through the country’s most populated prison complex, the prison officials admitted on Wednesday.

The media reports said that since current month of April, Tihar has reported 284 cases of Covid-19 among prisoners and 115 among jailers, raising fears of a mass infection spread inside the jail, where over 20,500 prisoners currently housed, counting the highest number ever in the jail’s history.

In a statement issued in Brussels, Ali Raza Syed said, most of Kashmiris are detained in Tihar Jail, where currently hundreds of prisoners have been infected with the corona virus. Even, many of the famous Kashmiri political figures including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Yasin Malik, Ashraf Sehrai, Mussarrat Alam, Asia Andrabi, Farooq Dar and Ayaz Akbar are under the Indian custody in the same jail.

He said, after large scale spreading virus in the Tehar jail, it is seriously concerned about the wellbeing of the Kashmiri Political Prisoners in Indian jails as some Kashmiri prisoners are on life saving drugs and it is possible, if they are also infected by the virus.

He said, as many of the Kashmiri inmates are diabetic and medicos, the coronavirus is more fatal for such patients. There are also reports that a Kashmiri prisoner Shahid ul Islam already has tested positive for the disease in infamous Tihar jail, while some others including Farooq Ahmad Dar (Bitta Karate) has similar symptoms but neither they are being tested, nor they are being treated.

Moreover, the prominent figures like Muhammad Yasin Malik, Aasiya Andrabi and Shabir Shah are on life saving drugs and the raging pandemic in Indian jails could prove fatal for such patients.

He said that it is of utmost concern that the Kashmir inmates are being treated like second class humans in the jails and are not taken a proper care.

Ali Raza Syed warned, If any harm happens to these oppressed Kashmiri detainees particularly loss of their life, the Indian government would be largely responsible for this.

Chair of KC-EU called for immediate release of oppressed Kashmiris imprisoned in Tehar and other Indian jails as their rapid release is necessary for protection of their lives.

Kashmir Council EU Chairman said, the international human rights organizations including Amnesty International should highlight the issue the Kashmiri prisoners facing severe threats from spreading covid-19 in the jail. These prisoners need solidarity and sympathy from the globe.

Ali Raza Syed asked International community including United Nations and its affiliated human rights organizations and European Union to put pressure on Indian government to immediately release Kashmiri prisoners.

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