JKLF chief’s family concerned over his health condition | KNO

‘Malik suffering from multiple ailments, not able to stand properly’
JKLF chief’s family concerned over his health condition | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, August 02 (KNO) : The family of incarcerated Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday expressed serious concern over his deteriorating health condition. Malik’s sister accompanied by other family members while addressing a presser today said that the health of her brother was deteriorating with each passing day in solitary cell at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. “My brother is suffering from multiple ailments. He has also developed infection in his ear for which he had already been operated. Such is his health condition that he is not able to stand properly,” she added as per KNO Correspondent. “My brother Muhammad Yasin Malik, was arrested by police on 22nd February 2019 from his residence at Maisuma Srinagar. He was slapped with Public safety act (PSA) and sent to Kot-balwal jail Jammu. He was kept in solitary confinement at the said jail for one month or so and then was taken into custody by NIA on baseless, concocted and fabricated charges. He was arbitrarily shifted to Delhi and tortured at NIA headquarters. He started a hunger strike against NIA hegemonic attitude and after he became seriously ill was shifted to a Delhi hospital. From here NIA court sent him to Tihar jail on judicial custody that still continues,” she said. She added that after his shifting to Tihar jail, he was kept in high security ward for many days under solitary confinement. He was not provided any medicine and other necessary things. “During torture at NIA headquarter, one of his eyes was seriously injured and a clot still remains in his eye. Our lawyer Advocate Raja Tufail moved court and asked authorities to shift him to some other ward and provide him with proper medical facilities. Though court didn’t accept the plea but Yasin sahib was shifted to another ward probably to hoodwink court as well as the human rights advocates and organisations,” she added. Malik sister said that he is nowadays lodged in jail no 7 of notorious Tihar Jail but from last four months he is continuously being kept in solitary confinement. “No other inmate is allowed to even talk to him from a distance. He is allowed to walk outside his cell for mere twenty minutes in a day and kept locked for the whole time. Books, journals and even news papers are not being allowed to reach him and being a heart patient, he needs certain life saving drugs which are even being disallowed or delayed to him,” she added. “Yasin Malik is a known heart patient and has undergone a heart valve transplant surgery in 1992. He is also suffering from certain serious ailments related to vital organs of his body including both his kidneys. At Tihar jail he has developed a slipped Disc/ herniated disc because of which he is having a severe back pain. One if his ears that had been operated upon in USA a few years ago have developed an infection that is further aggravating his physical agony. A high voltage bulb has been kept on 24/7 on his cell that is damaging his eye sight and whenever I saw him from last four months, his eyes were red and he is barely able to read things. NIA is levelling concocted allegations on him that he has properties etc. We want to ask them to show these properties and prove their propaganda based allegations. Yasin Malik is an open book and everyone knows what he has and what not,” she added.   “Despite all these medical complicacies, my brother Muhammad Yasin Malik is not being provided with any medical facility that is actually guaranteed to a prisoner nor is his solitary confinement ending despite many of our pleas before the court. It seems that some hidden or unspoken orders by Rulers and their agencies have been given to Tihar Jail authorities to put my brother Yasin Malik in more and more trouble and inflict more miseries to him,” Malik’s sister said.  She added the situation is such that I during my last visit to him that was on 26th July 2019, asked jail authorities to allow a bed sheet to him so that he can put it on cemented floor to overcome his back pain but that too was refused. “The apathy of rulers and jail authorities towards Yasin Malik is actually like killing him slowly and today I appeal to everyone with conscience and humanity, to speak against this undemocratic, inhuman and tyrannical attitude of the Indian authorities,” she added.(KNO)