SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani is leaving for New Delhi on Thursday for medical examination even as he refused the J&K government’s offer to fly to the Indian capital in state chopper.
Geelani has been cured of chest infection, but the doctors are trying to establish the cause of his low hemoglobin (Hb) count. He will now undergo medical examinations at New Delhi.
“He had been suffering from chest infection, but now he has almost recovered from it. The other problem he faces is his low Hb count, which was being looked into by Dr M S Khuroo. And he has advised colonoscopy and other tests,” Geelani’s physician Dr Naveed Nadeem told Kashmir Reader on Wednesday.
“Geelani Sahab has definitely shown improvement,” Dr Naveed said. “I am consistently in touch with him keep track of his health.”
The Hurriyat chief is scheduled to fly to New Delhi on Thursday forenoon. “Dr Sameer Kaul and other medicos will examine him,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Reader, adding that prior appointment has been sought with the medicos.
84-year-old Geelani has been facing multiple ailments for a long time now. He returned to the Valley last month after a brief stay in New Delhi where he underwent a medical examination—a routine he has been following in winters for many years now.
Geelani has been under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence here for most part since the 2010 mass agitation. The restrictions, which were re-imposed immediately after his return to the Valley, were withdrawn when his health deteriorated on Friday, said Akbar, adding that the government had offered to fly Geelani in state chopper.
“Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar and Senior Superintendent of Police Budgam had conveyed the offer to our office. But when we discussed it with Geelani Sahab, he declined to accept it,” Akbar said. “Geelani Sahab said there is no reason and justification for him to accept the state’s help. And that the offer itself is to gain political mileage out of it.”
Geelani’s fluctuating health condition has given rise to rumors that he may not be recovering. The rumors were galore on social media sites since Tuesday night after the Wikipedia reportedly updated that “Geelani had died on March 11, 2014”.
Reacting sharply to the rumors, which are reported to have kept the administration on tenterhooks, Hurriyat (G) said it intends to trace the rumour mongers.
“Hurriyat Conference is trying its utmost to trace the rumour mongers. Hurriyat is also investigating as to how Wikipedia and some New Delhi-based news channel carried out baseless news about the pro-freedom leader,” Akbar said.
“Consultation is going on to expose the people or agencies responsible for spreading these rumors. As a result of these baseless rumors innumerable telephone calls are being received from within and outside state,” he added.