Complaining Mistreatment, 76 Foreign Inmates at Delhi’s Detention Centre Go on Hunger Strike

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PUCL calls upon the Central and state governments to inquire into the grievances of the agitating detainees and take immediate steps for their redressal

Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Seventy-six foreigners lodged at a detention centre in the capital have gone on indefinite hunger strike from Tuesday morning in protest against alleged inhuman conditions in which they are forced to live, says a press release issued by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).

Inmates of the detention centre located in Beggars’ Home, Lampur, Narela, have informed PUCL that the food served to them is not worth eating. They complained that their daily meal consists of boiled vegetables saturated with tasteless water and breads that remain half-cooked. There is no provision for drinking water and inmates are forced to buy the same from outside. There is no cleanliness in spite of the much propagated ‘Swachhata Abhiyan’ (Cleanliness Drive) of the government. The lavatories and bathrooms are dirty and repulsive to use and items like toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, winter shoes etc. are in short supply.

Those on hunger strike belong to Spain, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, and some African countries. Many inmates are living at the Centre for years together even after completing their sentence, says the statement issued by N.D. Pancholi, Sheoraj Singh and ArunMaji on behalf of PUCL.

It says some old age inmates require hot water for bathing and blankets but there is no arrangement for the same. There are some other complaints as well.

The inmates have informed the PUCL that despite repeated representation there has been no redressal of complaints. Instructions issued by the Delhi High Court relating to the upkeep of the Centre and related provisions for the detainees are being blatantly flouted, says the statement. The inmates have alleged that behaviour of the Superintendent at the Centre is inhuman.

PUCL calls upon the Central and state governments to inquire into the grievances of the agitating detainees and take immediate steps for their redressal.

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