ISLAMABAD: The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has expressed serious concern over the plight of the detainees lodged at Baramulla district jail.
In pursuance of the orders of the High Court of the occupied territory, a two member team of the Bar Association comprising its President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, and Executive Member, Arshid Andrabi, visited the jail on 13 February to interact with the prisoners lodged there.
A report released by the Bar Association said that 163 prisoners were languishing in the jail, KMS reported.
It said that two prisoners, including Hurriyet leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt, were detained in the jail under draconian law, Public Safety Act.
“Masarrat Aalam stated that despite grant of bail to him by competent courts in a number of cases and quashment of earlier orders by the High Court, he had not been released so far,” the report said.
It said that condition of prisoners in the jail was pathetic as they faced problems regarding food, drinking water, bedding, medical facilities, electricity, ventilation and other things.
The Bar team, the report added, assured the prisoners that their problems would be highlighted through press and other modes.
The Bar team also met Superintendent of the jail, Bashir Ahmad Malla, who said that the inmates were suffering from various problems because of shortage of staff, the report stated.