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Illegal Solitary Confinement

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The Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPSC) condemns the arbitrary and illegal manner in which the Giridih Central Jail administration has imposed solitary confinement on undertrials arrested following the crackdown on the Mazdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS). The MSS, a registered trade union, was banned on 22 December 2017 by Jharkhand, following which, scores of persons were booked under four first information reports (FIRs)—Ajay Hembrum, Mohan Murmu, Daya Chand Hembrum and Damodar Turi—continue to face incarceration as a result. Turi is not even a member of the MSS. They, along with other undertrial prisoners, have been kept in solitary confinement since 23 March 2018. In response, the prisoners went on a hunger strike on 27 March 2018. Under pressure, since 2 April 2018, the jail administration has allowed the prisoners to mingle with other prisoners only twice a day for two hours. This continues to be in violation of the constitutional and statutory rights of prisoners as guaranteed by the law of the land.

According to information received from the relatives of these prisoners, the cells in which they have been kept are unclean and without any basic facilities. Relatives have been prevented from giving them basic items like mosquito repellents, food and clothes. The number of visitors and frequency of visits have also been arbitrarily curtailed.

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Updated On : 7th Apr, 2018

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