In jail for 18 yrs, Banihal man battles cardiac ailments; family seeks release

In jail for 18 yrs, Banihal man battles cardiac ailments; family seeks release

Srinagar: Serving life sentence, Mohammad Amin Dar is in jail for last 18 years after his conviction for a killing in October 10, 1995.
Dar, a resident of Darpora, Banihal, suffered health problems soon after his arrest in 1996, and the ailments multiplied with time, according to his family.
Recently, Dar was operated upon at SKIMS here after medical tests suggested ‘myocardial infarction’ (heart attack), his brother said.
“Before operation, his condition was very worrisome, but now he seems slightly better,” Dar’s brother told Kashmir Reader. “All the expenses were also borne by the government,” he said.
However, it was not spontaneous on part of the authorities to shift Dar, aged 43, to SKIMS where he underwent the cardiac surgery.
In fact, it was on the directions by Jammu and Kashmir High Court that Dar was shifted from Amphalla Jail in Jammu to Srinagar’s Central Jail.
“He had several cardiac arrests and was advised by doctors at Jammu to undergo bone marrow/ stress thallium/MBI/MUGA tests which are only available at SKIMS, PGIMER or AIIMS (New Delhi),” advocate Nasir Qadri, Dar’s counsel, submitted on February 26 while arguing his petition at Jammu wing of the court, seeking directions to shift him from Amphalla Jail to SKIMS for undergoing various phase-wise tests and treatment.
The court disposed of the petition with a direction to the jail authorities to consider Dar’s claim and also arrange his shifting “at the earliest”.
Dar was advised to report on March 1, 2014 for the preparation of tests at SKIMS but the authorities shifted him on March 3 to the Department of Cardiology SKIMS Soura, Qadri said.
The doctors at SKIMS, Qadri said, advised that Dar should be kept in the nearest possible jail as needs optimization of treatment and he was also given re-appointment date to undergo thallium tests on March 10.
As the jail authorities were “trying to shift him back to Amphalla Jail”, Dar filed another petition before the Srinagar wing of High Court, seeking directions to restrain the authorities from shifting him from Central Jail Srinagar.
Subsequently, the court while issuing notice to the respondents on March 5 directed that Dar shall not be shifted from the Central Jail till further orders.
Meanwhile, in response to the directions by court, Director SKIMS, one the respondents, revealing test examination reports of Dar, said: “The patient has undergone 99mTC MIBI scan Stress/Rest myocardial Perfusion study, which revealed fixed perfusion defect in Infero-Laternal Wal and apex suggestive of myocardial infarction and grossly dilated LV cavity and echo revealing moderate NYHA Class II-III symptoms.”
While discussing the case in the Department of Cardiology, the Director said, the patient should follow SKIMS regularly for optimization of treatment.
Consequently, Dar was operated upon on May 27 last and his family was also allowed to look after him in the hospital for nearly a week.
“Even though he is slightly better than past few months, there must be some breather to him. He should be given a parole or whatever available under law so that he gets better,” Dar’s brother said.
“Whatever has happened has happened. We urge government to release him now,” he said.
Dar was convicted by 1st Additional District Judge on August 20, 2008 under Section 302 and 27 Arms Act.
In March 2011, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court partly allowed his appeal, acquitting him for the charge of Section 27 of Arms Act and upholding his conviction and sentence under Section 302 RPC.