Medical Officer of Srinagar Jail says ‘necessary to consider medical opinion’ on DeM chief’s condition
Srinagar: A Srinagar court on Tuesday directed the superintendent of Central Jail Srinagar to provide required medical facilities to ailing Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi.
The court also directed the jail authorities to seek opinion of doctors for providing better treatment to Andrabi. The court of 1st Additional Sessions Judge Naseer Ahmed Dar said that it is the responsibility of the state to provide the best possible medical treatment to an ailing prisoner, with opinion sought from expert doctors.
The court has already directed the petitioner’s counsel to furnish bail bonds in the present case of FIR no.175/2006 under Sections 146 and 336 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).
Advocates Mohammad Abdullah Pandith and Mir Urfi appeared on behalf of Andrabi and submitted before the court that the medical condition of the petitioner was grave and on humanitarian grounds the state should set her free.
A medical report submitted in the court by the medical officer of Central Jail Srinagar stated that Andrabi was suffering from Bronchial Asthma, Hypertension, Allergic Dermatitis and Chronic Lower Back Ache.
The report stated that her hypertension was not coming under control despite the medication having been changed thrice.
The report said that Andrabi had suffered an asthma attack in jail for which she was referred to SKIMS Soura, where she was diagnosed with Angioedema, Urticaria and Bronchospams.
“These are life-threatening conditions and these cannot be managed in the jail hospital,” the report said.
The report added that environmental factors like dust and infection from other female jail inmates could increase the risk of branchospas and angioedema, which could be fatal for the prisoner. Andrabi was also suffering from osteoporosis and diffuse annular disc bulge, which is “worsening day-by-day… (and) she is unable to perform routine work without assistance…. It is therefore necessary to consider medical opinion,” the report said.
Cases against Andrabi are registered at police stations of Khanyar, Kothibagh, Nowhatta, Soura, Nigeen, Shergari, Shaheed Gunj, and Safakadal.
Andrabi and her personal secretary Fehmeeda Sofi were booked under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) in May this year and they were lodged at Jammu’s Amphalla jail. The High Court quashed the PSA order against them on August 31, after which they were shifted from Amphalla Jail to Central Jail Srinagar.