Indian Brutalities on innocent Kashmiris are intensifying day by day, as in another shocking revelations about detained Kashmiris, it is reported that a large number of Hurriyat leaders, activists, students and youth shifted from occupied Kashmir to Uttar Pradesh, India, last month are facing severe depression in different jails of UP.
A senior officer of Jail Department confirming the news told media that the prisoners shifted from occupied Kashmir have been kept in isolation in Agra, Varanasi, Fatehpur, Lucknow and Bareilly jails.
After Indian government’s decision to repeal Article 370, the prisoners, mostly Hurriyat leaders and activists, languishing in different jails of Kashmir were immediately shifted to Tihar jail in Delhi and more than two hundred prisoners were sent to UP jails.
An officer of Lucknow Jail said that the complete change of climate was also troubling the Kashmiri prisoners. The humid and hot climate in UP is tough to face, especially for the prisoners, who have come from entirely different climatic atmosphere.
The identities of the shifted prisoners were not disclosed, but jail officials confirmed that some prisoners are ‘stone throwers’, a termed used by India for Kashmiri young protesters.
In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of patients have been affected by the clampdown and communication blackout that has been in place in the Kashmir Valley. Over 40 percent of patients have shown signs of mental illnesses due to the recent turmoil, said a psychologist Dr. Aijaz in Srinagar.
The Kashmir Valley has witnessed restrictions, and communication systems have been suspended for the past 22 days. Dr. Aijaz said that restrictions such as those presently in place in Kashmir affect people’s routines, and lead to anxiety.
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