Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday directed state authorities to provide necessary medical treatment to Umar Yousuf Khan, a specially-abled detainee who is suffering from bipolar mental disorder and is presently lodged in Kathua Jail under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
The court further directed the state government to file a compliance report about the said detainee on the next date of hearing.
A single bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir after going through medical prescriptions of the detainee remarked that all medical treatment must be provided to the accused.
Advocate Nasir Qadri who was representing the petitioner said, “The detainee is suffering from Bipolar Disorder disease and is on a high dose antidepressant.” He pleaded before court that a thorough look be taken into the matter.
“In the absence of proper medical attention, Umar may further develop psychotic disease. He has to regularly take anti-psychotic drugs as prescribed by his doctors,” advocate Qadri submitted before the court.
The petition has been filed by Zameer Ahmed Khan, brother of Umar, resident of Anantnag, Kashmir.
The petition states that Umar was arrested by the police in connection with FIRs registered against him in Police Station Anantnag. After his arrest, he was detained under PSA and shifted to Kathua jail on November 20.
As per the police dossier, the detention order issued by District Magistrate Anantnag states that the activities of Umar Yousuf Khan are prejudicial to public order.
The dossier states, “During 2016, Umar has played a vital role in advocating, abetting and provoking general public especially youth of Doonipawa area to hold processions against the government, raise anti-national slogans and damage public/private property on a large scale.
“You have secessionist tendency and always go by the diktats of the separatists and have played a vital role in advocating, abetting and provoking people especially from Donipawa village,” the dossier alleges.
“You have been provoking the people to raise anti-national slogans and damage public property on a large scale,” the dossier further reads.
As per the Police Station Anantnag records, various FIRs have been lodged against Umar: FIR no. 224/2016 under sections 147, 148, 336 RPC; FIR no. 230/2016 under sections 307,147, 148, 149, 336, 332, 427 RPC; FIR no. 143/2017 under sections 307, 147, 148, 149, 427, 336, 332, 427 RPC and FIR no. 187/2017 under sections 147, 148, 149, 307, 332, 336, 427 RPC.
Umar, according to his family, is specially-abled and hence was unable to study after primary school. His four elder brothers work at menial jobs to support their family.