Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Sunday demanded the immediate release of incarcerated party leaders, other detainees and called for swift action by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in prisons across the country.
National Conference Member of Parliament (RETD) Justice Hasnain Masoodi expressed commiseration with the scores of families whose loved ones are languishing in various detention centres inside and outside J&K.
“The families of the detainees languishing in various detention centres across the country are worried, particularly in wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Mostly coming from the underprivileged sections of society the concerned families find it difficult to frequent their loved ones serving detention. The COVID-19 epidemic has added to the worries of scores of such families who worry for the wellbeing of their loved ones. The lockdown has effectively cut any chance of Kashmiri prisoners locked in different jails outside J&K to meet their families, hence adding to the miseries at both ends. The anxiety level of such families is high,” he said.