Families of prisoners stages protest, demands withdrawal of FIR registered against inmates

Day after inmates at central jail Srinagar have reportedly started hunger strike, families of prisoners today staged protest and demanded withdrawal of FIR registered against inmates.

On the night of April 4 this month, at least two prisoners were grievously injured in pellet firing by paramilitary CRPF, which was called in to deal with the inmates, who, as per the authorities, were protesting and “rioting” against their shifting from the existing barracks.

“The concerned prison Superintendent of Police (SP) should be transferred and the First Information Report (FIR), related to April 5 incident, should be withdrawn against all the jail inmates,” said a protester.

The protesters also demanded that the inmates should not be shifted to jails outside the state.

Family members of those lodged at Central jail here assembled at press enclave and raised slogans in favour of their beloved.

They were holding placards, reading ‘stop shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to outside jails’. Families urged authorities to withdraw the FIR registered against their beloved.

According to the reports, inmates started the hunger strike from 8:15 am today and their demands include the transfer of jail Superintendent and that they shall not be shifted to outside jails besides they demand the withdrawal of FIR registered against them in connection with the recent incident during the intervening night of April 5 and 6.

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