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Kashmir lawyers, separatists demand release of prisoners

Lawyers and separatist leaders have demanded the release of hundreds of prisoners languishing in prisons across the country.

Srinagar, May 30 : Lawyers and separatist leaders have demanded the release of hundreds of prisoners languishing in prisons across the country.

"We are protesting for the prisoners who are languishing in jails in Jammu and Kashmir and in other Indian prisons for a long time. We have come to support them," said Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chief of the hardline faction of the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC).

Human rights groups claim that scores of people have been detained without trial in jails in Kashmir.

Members of the Kashmir Bar Association, holding placards and banners, have demanding the release of these prisoners.

"The innocent Kashmiris inside the jails should be released. The Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails in Punjab and Kashmir should be released as no charges have been proved against them. All atrocities on them should stop," said Mian Abdul Qayoom, President of the association.

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), an independent group representing the parents of missing people in Kashmir, say that at least 8,000 to 10,000 people have disappeared since 1989, after being arrested by security forces.

State authorities deny this allegation, saying their investigations have revealed that most of the missing people have crossed the heavily militarised Line of Control into Pakistan Kashmir for arms training.

Special laws in Kashmir make it easier for security forces to arrest, interrogate and hold suspects for 30 days, without bringing them to court.


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