J&K High Court Bar Association seeks release of prisoners on parole 

Srinagar, May 18: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar today expressed deep concern on the sharp upsurge of covid infections and rise in covid related deaths in J&K and urged for the release of prisoners on the recommendations of J&K Legal Aid Authority.

In a statement issued to Kashmir news service (KNS), the Bar association said the non-supply of covid vaccine to health centres especially in Kashmir valley is more disturbing amounting to official apathy in controlling the pandemic in J&K.

“In the past ten days more than 40000 corona infected patients and more than 600Covid related deaths are officially admitted and the situation is very grim and disturbing. The failures of local administration in controlling the pandemic in J&K is visible and local administration can not take refuge under the lockdown but must ensure supply of medicines at all levels and enhance the vaccination drive without any delay in all the areas including urban and rural areas,” a statement reads.

The statement also said that “In view of the grave situation Bar Association appeals the World Health Organisation to make the direct supply of medicines and approved vaccines to the state of J&K and appeals Govt. Of India to allow the teams of Doctors without Frontiers to assist the local medicare.”

Bar Association also called for decongestion of jails in J&K by releasing the prisoners on parole and conditional interim bails as there appears an upsurge of corona infection in jails.

“In district jail udhampur 72 out of 447 prisoners are with the deadly covid virus. Likewise in district jail kathua and district jail  Kupwara more than 22 infections in each jail is reported which has caused serious apprehensions to the safety and security of the inmates in jails,” it reads.

Bar Association called upon the local administration to take immediate follow-up action on the recommendations of J&k legal Aid Authority made by Its chairman Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey for release of the prisoners on parole and conditional interim bail orders and ensure proper medicare in the jails.

Bar Association also calls upon the Govt. to stop the transfer of Kashmiri detenues to outside jails from  J&K as the waive of corona infection in rest of India is heading towards its peak and in these circumstances shifting of Kashmiri prisoners will endanger their lives and putting these prisoners to greater risk, the statement said.

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