Treat incoming residents as citizens of India with all FRs, don’t detain them like prisoners

Jammu residents held in Salem, Tamil Nadu

Appeal to the President

Jammu Tawi, J&K 24th May, 2020. “Thousands of permanent residents of Jammu-Kashmir who have been returning to Jammu & Kashmir from different States of India are being treated like criminal prisoners and have been lodged in any available government accommodation, may it be, a go-down, a closed school or college or may it be any deserted place in the urban area or in the rural side. Hundreds of incoming youth who were thrown out of jobs in different provinces of India were returning to Jammu-Kashmir at their own expenses were treated like sheep/goats after they entered J&K from Lakhanpur. The pretext is that the government wants medical check if they are free from Corona Virus (Covid-19) affects. Unfortunately, when these young citizens of India, permanent residents of Jammu & Kashmir entered J&K border at Lakhanpur (Punjab), they are hauled like sheep, dragged by Police into the waiting government transport. They are carried to so called quarantine centers, which, in fact, are the close Police Stations with no accommodation even to stand. They are treated like die hard criminals by the Police and made to stand for hours. The reason, the government is offering that these incoming J&K residents shall be examined by doctors/medical persons if they are free from Corona Virus affects. The fact is that hundreds of incoming youth have been lodged in different places like Women College Hall in Udhampur, Women College Hall in Jammu, several other buildings/halls of different colleges in Jammu have been dumped by hundreds of incoming residents on the ground that the Police shall arrange medical tests. This is a human tragedy that thousands of such imprisoned youth as they were coming back to their homes in Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi, Ramban, Poonch. Their relatives, guardians have been waiting for them for weeks. They cannot even meet their dear ones in the so called prison rooms having no water to drink, no toilets for hundreds with only a couple of toilets. The food they are thrown by some Policemen from outside their locked rooms. This is the face of democracy in Jammu & Kashmir now under President’s Rule”.

This is the request/message that was dispatched by Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of J&K National Panthers Party and Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India to the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind this morning after receiving hundreds of telephone calls from the detained boys/their relatives in different areas of Jammu & Kashmir.   

 Jammu residents held in Salem, Tamil Nadu

Prof. Bhim Singh

Prof. Bhim Singh

           Prof. Bhim Singh has also forwarded this message/appeal to the Supreme Court of India for immediate intervention to save life, security & liberty of these young citizens of India, residents of Jammu & Kashmir who have been detained for weeks by the local administration/Police in different government/private buildings/schools in Jammu region without the authority of law thus violating the Fundamental Rights of residents of Jammu & Kashmir they are entitled to after Article 35A was scrapped by the President from Chapter-III of the Constitution of India.

Prof. Bhim Singh accused Jammu Police/Administration for detaining Panthers Party State Secretary of Rajasthan, Mr Surinder Kumar Yadav who was coming on the invitation of the Panthers Party in Jammu for the Party work. He has been detained somewhere by the Police in Jammu District.

Prof. Bhim Singh urged President to send his own observers to examine the height of discrimination against the residents of Jammu & Kashmir in the name of Corona Virus.

 

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