Psychiatric patient put behind bars on charges of stone throwing

Psychiatric patient put behind bars on charges of stone throwing
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By Nusrat Sidiq
Srinagar: The police have detained on charges of stone pelting a man who has been receiving psychiatric treatment for the past three years for anxiety, restlessness, trepidation, low mood, suicidal thoughts and symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Mohammad Amin Bhat of Noorbagh, Baghwanpora was picked up by the police on February 10 when he was coming out of the local mosque after offering Asr prayers.
When the family went to the Safa Kadal police station, they were told Bhat would be released by 6pm. But he continues to be behind the bars.
A doctor who has been treating Bhat said on the condition of anonymity, “He is a patient of mental illness. For more than three years we have been treating this patient. He is being counselled every 15 days for the one year. First, I doubt whether he can pelt stones and even if he does he cannot be put behind the bars in this condition.”
Bhat’s uncle Nisar Ahmed said, “He is not well. Can’t they see he is not normal? He is not a stone pelter. They have arrested him without any proof. We went there and they told us he is innocent and would be released soon. We have never been to police stations in our lives. This is hell.”
Death of his father due to cardiac arrest had aggravated Bhat’s condition, his family said. His mother was being operated upon at the SMHS Hospital when he was arrested.
“We didn’t tell her. She has already suffered a lot. We are trying to get him bail and hopefully we can get it,” said his uncle in the court premises.
“He is involved in stone throwing,” said station house officer of police station Safa Kadal.

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