Saturday, April 24, 2010

Get details of prisoners jailed outside: KUSU tells Bar

Pro freedom camp must shun late-reaction attitude
Srinagar, Apr 24: Members of the banned Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) Saturday urged the JK High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) to launch a committee that could get details of the Kashmiri prisoners jailed outside.KUSU’s request came during a peaceful protest demonstration inside the varsity premises by students against Delhi court verdict that awarded death penalty to three persons including two Kashmiris in 1996 Lajpat Nagar bombing case. The students association also expressed displeasure over “separatists’ silence” on the condition of prisoners jailed outside the valley.
“This time the separatist camp is taking interest in the issue. Where were these leaders when the innocent Kashmiris were arrested in Delhi? What did they do for them?” KUSU members asked.The students also took a dig at mainstream politicians.They said, “We don’t expect anything from the mainstream politicians. They’ve been supporting our oppressors. And we condemn the state terrorism.”KUSU urged the bar association president Mian Abdul Qayoom to frame an inquiry committee that could examine the conditions of prisoners jailed outside the valley.The union members said, “It is Bar’s legal and moral duty to get the details of people, who have been booked under false charges across India.”Meanwhile, President Jammu Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Mian Abdul Qayoom told Rising Kashmir that the association has been already thinking over forming such a cell to investigate condition of detainees languishing in outside the state jails. “JKHCBA is discussing the suggestion with the legal cells of various separatist organizations in this regard,” Qayoom said. He further said, “There has to be a participation of everyone and committee formed here should work with the committee of lawyers at Delhi.”Meanwhile students associated with KUSU alleged that the administration is trying to hijack the union by introducing a new union.“Our union is under ban but some of the officials in the administration are trying to introduce a new group of students that will work at administration’s behest.”

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