Indian prisoner in Pakistan jail alleges ‘physical assault’ over Kashmir violence
Hamid Nehal Ansari, an Indian prisoner languishing in a Peshawar Central Prison of Pakistan, has alleged that he had been kept in a prison barrack with hardened criminals, one of whom physically assaulted him recently over the issue of recent Kashmir violence.
According to a report in The Dawn, Ansari has urged the Peshawar High Court to order his shifting to a safer place as there is a threat to his life.
Ansari was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment by a military court on December 17, 2015.
Initially, he was kept in the death cell of the prison ostensibly for his safety but was later shifted to a different barrack.
According to Ansari, he was shifted to a barrack where hardened criminals were also kept.
According to him, one of the prisoners recently attacked him and bit him on his arm.
Ansari told the court that the said prisoner threatened to teach him a lesson as the Indian forces were committing atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ansari’s lawyer also told the court that the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan had also contacted him and requested that safety measures may be taken for the petitioner.
The court has summoned Peshawar jail superintendent on August 4, directing him to explain his position in this case.