Srinagar: The family of 55-year-old Abdul Rehman Tantray, who is in jail under Public Safety Act (PSA) since November last year, has said that Tantray is battling to recover from a hemorrhagic stroke in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail. His family in Baramulla told Kashmir Reader that the condition of Tantray is deteriorating in the absence of proper medical treatment.
Tantray’s son Farooq Ahmad said that his father has even lost his ability to speak coherently. He said that his father has facial palsy and the haemorrhage he suffered earlier this month on February 10 has left him more than 50 percent disabled.
“I went to see him in the jail premises and his condition is absolutely pathetic,” Farooq said.
He said his father cannot go to the bathroom on his own as he can barely stand on his feet. “He needs two people to take him to the bathroom. There is no way he can recover like this (in jail),” Farooq said.
A resident of Fatehpora area in Baramulla, Tantray was booked under PSA by district authorities who accused him of organising and taking part in the civil unrest last year.
Farooq alleged his father was hit on his head by police, following which he developed a blood clot in his head that caused thehaemorrhage.
Tantray, a shopkeeper by profession, is affiliated with pro-freedom Hurriyat Conference (Geelani) according to the police dossier prepared against him.
While a court on Thursday directed authorities to provide adequate medical facilities to him, Farooq, who was himself lodged in the same jail under PSA, said the Kot Balwal jail has no medical infrastructure to take care of his ill father.
“There is no way he can recover with the kind of food he is given in jail. My father has to follow a strict diet,” Farooq said.
Tantray was earlier jailed for four years in the 1990s and was arrested again in the years 2008 and 2010. His family has been making pleas to government authorities to transfer him to Srinagar Jail until his health improves.
Tantray’s another son, Shahid Tantray is currently lodged in Baramulla sub-jail after he was arrested in October last year under the Public Safety Act (PSA).