Get prisoners released

Published in the Daily Excelsior, Jammu, 21st July, 2005

Sir,

While going through this newspaper I came across a news item about several youths from J&K who are languishing in the lakhpat jail of Lahore, Pakistan. Some had been sentenced for 7 years prison and some 10 years, and, they all have completed their jail term but still they are not released. Jail conditions are worst and many of them have died in the jail itself even after completing their jail term. Few prisoners have written a letter to the Government of India, but to their disappointment not a single initiative has been taken so far. Prisoners neither are brute criminals nor belonged to any terrorist group; reports have proved that all are locals and had mistakenly crossed the border in early 1990s. Reports have also proved that, all youths are very poor and belong to the rural class. Under these circumstances, our Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, should immediate attention to these youths. Therefore importance should be paid to this matter and efforts made to get them released immediately. This is the humble request to the Jammu and Kashmir Government, to look the matter seriously and provide the great alternatives to those who are on the death edge.

Yours, Aditya Rangroo

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