SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday left for New Delhi and later had a medical examination of his chest at a private hospital in Gurgaon.
Dr Vikram Sarabhai of Medanta hospital had performed several tests on Geelani’s infected chest. But the pro-freedom leader was allowed to return to his Malviya Nagar residence at New Delhi.
“The reports of tests are awaited, but the doctors didn’t find the need to admit him at the hospital. So he has returned to his residence,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Reader.
84-year-old Geelani has been unwell for past few weeks. He has been suffering from chest infection from which he is said to have recovered, but the doctors have been looking into the cause of his low hemoglobin count.
“He will be taken to Apollo Hospital on Friday where Dr Sameer Kaul will do his medical checkup to look into the cause of his low hemoglobin count,” Akbar said.
Earlier in the day, Geelani was carried to the Srinagar Airport on a wheelchair with a mask covering his face. He was followed by a crowd of his associates and supporters who saw him off by raising pro-freedom and pro-Geelani slogans.
Having refused to fly in the state chopper, Geelani flew to the Indian capital in a routine airliner that took off in the afternoon with a delay of about one and a half hour.
“He reached Delhi safely at 3 pm,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman said. He said Hurriyat members held a prayer meeting at the conglomerate headquarters at Hyderpora here to pray for Geelani health and long life.
“The leaders and members also praised Geelani’s uncompromising stand,” the spokesman added.