Directs personal appearance of SSP Budgam
SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission on Wednesday directed senior superintendent of police, Budgam, to explain the circumstances in which the 87-year-old chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, was not allowed to visit his doctors despite having a prior appointment with them at the SMHS hospital here.
Taking suo-moto cognizance of the report in the media, chairperson SHRC, Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki directed the SSP, Budgam, to submit his report by Monday.
The SSP has been also directed to be personally present before the Commission on May 22 “to explain his position” on restraining the octogenarian leader from going to hospital for consultation with the doctors.
On Monday, a spokesman of the Hurriyat Conference said that the ailing resistance leader was to see his doctors who had advised him to undergo some routine medical tests and “calibration of pacemaker”.
Geelani is suffering from multiple ailments. He was due for a routine check-up to monitor the functioning of the pacemaker affixed to him ten years ago, the spokesman, Ayaz Akbar, said.
“The date, time and venue for the routine check-up was fixed with specialists in SMHS hospital. However, the police informed us that they have received directives from higher-ups and so didn’t allow Geelani sahib to move out (from his residence) for medical consultation,” he said.
Akbar said the doctors were informed of the directive before the police posse, though the SHO, Police Station Budgam, informed Syed Ali Geelani at about 3 pm that permission had been granted.
“It was too late,” Akbar said, terming the police action as “sheer bullying and state terrorism”.
“Cardiac (heart-related) issues are sensitive, and it’s like playing with Geelani Sahib’s life. There is no constitutional or moral justification for this,” he added.