Srinagar: Senior Hurriyat Conference leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, has fallen seriously ill in New Delhi’s Tihar jail from where he has been shifted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital for advanced treatment.
A family member of Khan, who is undergoing judicial custody in an alleged funding case, told the Kashmir Reader that the number of “blood cells of Khan have drastically come down”.
“Khan has many ailments but no medicine was being allowed inside the jail,” said Khan’s relative. “We even had moved an application before the court for medicine but it was too late when medicines reached Khan and his condition deteriorated.”
Khan is among ten persons arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in alleged funding case registered on May 30.
Khan’s younger brother, Munir Ahmad, is stationed in Delhi, however, his family claimed that he was not allowed to meet ailing Khan.
“It took Munir four hours to reach the cell where Khan is detained in Tihar jail but when he reached there on Friday, he was told that Khan has been admitted in DDU hospital Delhi,” said the relative of pro-freedom leader.
“We had presented all medicine and prescriptions before court but nothing happened,” she said.
At the DDU hospital, she added, “Munir was not allowed to meet Khan and was instead asked to get permission from court.” “After full day court, Munir has been asked to come on Monday,” the family of Khan said.
She said Khan is currently suffering from high fever and blood count has come down to 20000. “For a normal person, the count of platelets should be in the range of 2.5 to 5 lakh but Khan’s condition is critical.”
“The immediate cause of such a health condition is said to be dengue attack as in the (jail) cell, Khan was attacked by mosquitoes,” Khan’s family alleged.
She said Khan was rushed to DDU hospital during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday after his condition had deteriorated. “It was by chance that Khan’s brother had gone to jail a day ago when he saw Khan’s bad health condition and then on Friday, Munir took medicine along but Khan was shifted to hospital.”
“This is the height of oppression and inhumanity,” Khan’s family said. “Khan is a patient of gout and the food given to him in the jail has aggravated it,” Khan’s relative said, “He can’t walk… he has been given only daal in food since he was jailed but doctors had advised Khan to eat only vegetables.”
“Besides, Khan has a heart ailment, hypertension and blood pressure issues as well,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shabir Ahmad Shah, the Secretary General of Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference, has alleged threat to his life in the jail.
Shah, chief of Democratic Freedom Party, has been jailed in Tihar for alleged money laundering in which the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has already filed the 1900-page charge sheet.
The resistance leader was arrested on July 25 from Srinagar and is lodged in central jail number 07 in Tihar.
In an application which he submitted before Siddharth Sharma, Shah has asked the court to move him to high risk ward besides seeking “proper medical” treatment at All India Medical Institution, New Delhi.
62-year-old Shah is suffering from hyper tension, diabetes, disclipimias, chest pain, BHP, cervical spondilytis, lumber spondilytis, osteoarthritis in both legs, attacks of sudden loss of consciousness for which he is taking medicine for last six years.
In his application, Shah has told the court that he was given “proper medical treatment since he was arrested but the Tihar jail authorities have been acting indifferently”.
“There is also serious threat to my life and few incidents have happened with me in jail as well as in judicial lock-up,” Shah told the court asking for change in jail ward to “ensure safety and security”.