Omar apologises, Geelani calls for funeral prayers

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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  • Updated: May 09, 2013 18:19 IST

Within hours of the death of injured Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay in Chandigarh on Thursday, chief minister Omar Abdullah apologised to the family and promised to fix the responsibility.
 
“Although it’s scant consolation I’d like to offer a sincere apology to the family of Sanaullah Ranjay and my sympathies for their loss."
 
“While the inquiry will fix responsibility for any dereliction of duty the fact that this happening at all is a matter of great regret,” said Abdullah on micro-blogging website Twitter.

The chief minister faced rap from the Supreme Court on Wednesday over the attack on Ranjay on May 3, who was grievously injured inside Jammu’s Kot Bhalwal jail by a fellow inmate. The SC asked the government to explain why steps were not taken to prevent it.

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the SC notice as “indictment of the government”.

“The SC reprimand on the issue is a clear indication of state government’s failure to protect Pakistani prisoner in the jail,” said PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar.

Describing the attacks on Sarabjit Singh and Sanaullah’s as “tit for tat” incidents, Akhtar said, “These two incidents should prove a turning point in the Indo-Pak relations. Such barbaric treatment to two prisoners has caused immense damage to the entire region,” he said.

The death of Ranjay has separatist up in arms. Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who described Ranjay a “well-wisher of Kashmiris”, asked people to say funeral prayers in absentia for him on Sunday.

“I appeal to the people to offer Nimaz-e-Jinazah (funeral prayer in absentia) at all tehsil and district headquarters after the Friday prayers,” said Geelani.

Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “The incidents like Ranjay’s are direct fallout of the lingering Kashmir problem. Such attacks expose lawlessness and poor security inside jails,” said Mirwaiz.

He asked both India and Pakistan to exchange prisoners who have served their sentences.

“The incident has sparked fear that the lives of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in and outside the state are not safe,” said Mirwaiz.

The chief minister faced rap from the Supreme Court on Wednesday over the attack on Ranjay on May 3, who was grievously injured inside Jammu’s Kot Bhalwal jail by a fellow inmate. The SC asked the government to explain why steps were not taken to prevent it.

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the SC notice as “indictment of the government”.

“The SC reprimand on the issue is a clear indication of state government’s failure to protect Pakistani prisoner in the jail,” said PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar.

Describing the attacks on Sarabjit Singh and Sanaullah’s as “tit for tat” incidents, Akhtar said, “These two incidents should prove a turning point in the Indo-Pak relations. Such barbaric treatment to two prisoners has caused immense damage to the entire region,” he said.

The death of Ranjay has separatist up in arms. Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who described Ranjay a “well-wisher of Kashmiris”, asked people to say funeral prayers in absentia for him on Sunday.

“I appeal to the people to offer Nimaz-e-Jinazah (funeral prayer in absentia) at all tehsil and district headquarters after the Friday prayers,” said Geelani.

Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “The incidents like Ranjay’s are direct fallout of the lingering Kashmir problem. Such attacks expose lawlessness and poor security inside jails,” said Mirwaiz.,/P>

He asked both India and Pakistan to exchange prisoners who have served their sentences.

“The incident has sparked fear that the lives of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in and outside the state are not safe,” said Mirwaiz.

 

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