Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Shabir Shah lost 10 kgs in jail

Srinagar, April 18: Expressing concern over deteriorating health of incarcenated separatist leader and party chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Sunday alleged that Shah has lost 10 kgs of weight in three years of detention and is not getting treatment in jail.DFP acting chairman, Maulana Tari adressed a press conference at Sanat Nagar residence of Shah.PSA was again slapped on Shah by the authorities and he was shifted from JIC Jammu to JIC Humhama and then shifted to Kotbalwal Jail."Despite strict direction from doctors the authorities are not attending to his health problems. He has lost 10 kgs of weight during past three years of detention," said Tari."He is fighting for a pious cause and arrests are part of it, but the government has a duty to attend to the health of a detainee,” he added.DFP held a meeting on Sunday. The party also consulted other leaders on the deteriorating health of Shah. Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yaseen Malik also visited Shah’s residence on Sunday afternoon.According to Tari, DFP chief was examined by Dr Manzoor Halwai at JIC Humhama who suggested him to restrict movements or travel long distances."But he was taken to Kotbalwal Jail in a bus Sunday morning. The authorities are just formally allowing consultation but medical advice is not being implemented," said the DFP acting chairman.According to medical records provided by DFP, doctors at District Hospital Kathua referred Shah to GMC Jammu for various check ups."It just stopped at paper work and nothing was done on ground," said Tari.About the repeated arrests of Shah, he said: "The court judgements are not being respected. It has turned into a joke. We have lost faith in this institution as well."Answering a question, Tari said: "Involvement of Hurriyat leadership in facilitating repeated arrests of Shah cannot be ruled out."However, he refused to divulge details about it."If Shah is being arrested for his peaceful political struggle for freedom then why are other leaders free. Shah's unity efforts are just to ease out the way to resolution of the issue," said DFP acting chairman.Stating that killing of 70-year-old man at Handwara in a “fake encounter” has again exposed the state of affairs in the state, he said, "This incident is reflective of worst human rights violations of which Shah has also been a victim for decades."

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