Ailing grandmother wishes to see him once before closing her eyes
Bandipora: A young political activist and Islamic scholar from Aloosa village in Bandipora, Sheikh Danish Malik, has been languishing in jail since November 2016 when he was detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) during the uprising which erupted after Burhan Wani’s killing.
Danish’s family said that High Court on Nov 14 quashed a second PSA slapped on him in March, but he still remains behind bars as “authorities are not in a mood to release him”.
An MBA pass out from university of Kashmir (2014), Danish worked as a marketing manager, North Kashmir, for a private firm, but his political associations brought trouble for him.
He is a member of Syed Lai Geelani led Tehreek-i-Hurriyat and an orator delivering Friday sermons in the district.
In his arrest, his family for six, which include his parents and grandparents, has lost its only bread earner.
The family said that authorities have justified Danish’s arrest by declaring him a district president of Hurriyat G, which they termed as “false and flimsy” as he is “only a member of Tehreek-i-Hurriyat”.
“It is only to make the case stronger for his arrest,” his father Mushtaq Ahmad said.
Danish was arrested in November 2016 by Bandipora police at Sonarwani village where he was delivering a sermon. After his arrest, Danish was charged in nine FIRs and detained under notorious Public Safety Act (PSA).
After slapping PSA on him, he was shifted to Kotbalwal jail from Bandipora. The High Court quashed his first PSA in March and Danish was released from the jail in April but was immediately rearrested by CIK Jammu while he was still in the jail premises. He was later handed over to Bandipora police which detained him under same charges as earlier and slapped another PSA on him. He was again taken to Kotbalwal Jail in April, under order no 03/DMB/PSA of 2017. He is presently logged in Srinagar Central jail.
“Danish was our only breadwinner, who did many odd jobs to take care of us.” Mushtaq said. “He would also teach students at locally run Rehmat-e Aalam Model Public School besides providing free tuition to many poor students at home.”
Danish’s grandmother is ill, and Mushtaq said, her wish is to see Danish before closing her eyes forever.
“He is the light of my eyes,” the grandmother said.
As a teenager Danish had lost his fingers of the right hand in a saw mill, and Mushtaq said that the accident had brought him many troubles as “continuous treatment and surgeries have brought him no good.”
He said that Danish was recently operated upon in 2014 at Modern Hospital Rajbagh.
“Danish needs special care especially in winters as the nail implants in his hand ache due to cold,” Mushtaq said.
His grandfather Abdul Gaffar Malik described his detention as a political vendetta and added that the family has been tormented in the past too.
“In 1997 our house at Aloosa was blasted during night by some explosive by government forces but we miraculously came out alive. When we reconstructed it, government forces came and asked us to vacate it. They said that they have to establish an army camp in the house. We were forced to spend many days and nights under the open sky, however, after a lot of struggle, an army officer came and allowed us to enter our house and live there.” Gaffar said.
“Now we are being forced to spend our days and nights without our lone son” he said.
The family sought the intervention of human rights groups to help secure his release.