SRINAGAR, Dec 05 (SABAH): The Joint Resistance Leadership has requested international human rights organisations to intervene into the case of specially-abled person Tanveer Ahmad War who has been jailed under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for the second time.
“The state police are trying to frame him for acts that are not possible even for a healthy person,” the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said in a statement.
Tanveer, 35, a resident of Old Town Baramulla, had been arrested on 21 September 2017 and is currently serving his second detention at Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail under the PSA, which empowers the authorities to imprison a person for up to six months without a trial. In many cases, the PSA is repeated to keep the detainee in prison.
Tanveer had been disabled by polio since childhood and he walks on crutches, the JRL said, adding that he had been suffering from various other ailments also.
“He was ruthlessly beaten, tortured and humiliated at various police stations, then booked under PSA and sent to Kupwara sub-jail. Tanveer challenged the PSA in the High Court that quashed his PSA and ordered his release. Instead of releasing him, the police and civil administration booked him under PSA again and shifted him to Kot-Balwal Jail in Jammu,” the statement reads.
They said that they came to know about these details when Tanveer had been shifted to Srinagar Central Jail for health check. The police recently defended his detention and accused him of disturbing law and order in Baramulla district, especially during last year’s uprising. The police have said he decorated his tricycle with flags and provoked protesters.
“With the help of his gang,” the police had said, “he was instrumental in highjacking four trucks that were carrying stones and got them unloaded on Baramulla roads to prevent the police from chasing the miscreants,” the JRL statement quoted police as saying.
The police statement claimed that in 2008, Hurriyat leader Sheikh Aziz had wanted to return but Tanveer had yelled at him and forced him to move towards the Line of Control.
“No one is asking police and civil administration that how can a crippled man climb up a tower and highjack trucks and force people to march towards the LoC,” the JRL statement said.
“As a matter of fact in 2008 Sheikh Abdul Aziz was leading thousands of people towards the LoC and one fails to understand how a person riding his tricycle can force thousands of people to continue with their march as claimed by the police,” the statement said.
The JRL said they expected intervention by the International Red Cross Committee, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and United Nation Human Rights Commission will “bring about a positive change in the life of Tanveer Ahmad and save him from the wrath of the authorities”.