On Hunger Strike, Jailed Yasin Malik Hospitalised In Delhi, Says JKLF

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik who is in NIA custody in Tihar jail is seriously ill and has been on hunger strike since past 10 days, his party said Saturday.

The JKLF spokesman Rafiq Ahmad Dar said that Malik has been hospitalised in view of his deteriorating health in Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. In a statement issued to GNS, the JKLF spokesman said that Malik’s counsel Advocate Sumil Koul, who was scheduled to meet Malik today on the directions of Delhi court,  was yesterday night contacted and informed by NIA officials that the proposed meeting has been cancelled.

“However, today in the morning he was again contacted by the officials and asked to come to the Ram Lohia hospital where he saw Yasin Malik on hunger strike and in a very serious condition,” he said.

The spokesman while quoting JKLF chief’s lawyer said that Yasin Malik had started the hunger strike against the “callous approach” of NIA on April 10,  the next day when he was shifted to New Delhi and handed over to the counter-terror agency.

The JKLF spokesman said after Yasin Malik’s health deteriorated, he was shifted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where his condition remains serious as he continues his hunger strike. The spokesman castigated the NIA approach and has condemned the “inhuman and ill-treatment of the authorities towards an illegally detained leader of Jammu and Kashmir”.

“Not bothering to inform his family and denying basic rights to a detained leader is highly undemocratic and violation of human rights,” Dar said. Appealing international, regional and local human rights’ organisations to take cognizance of the situation asked them to save Malik’s life. (GNS)

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