Court releases Andrabi, police arrest her again

Srinagar: A trial court in Srinagar on Thursday released ailing Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi but police immediately re-arrested her outside the court premises in another case.
After hearing Andrabi’s counsel Advocate Urfi, the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, Aijaz Ahmed Khan, ordered the DeM chief’s release in open court, but the police again arrested her and she was remanded to 10 days’ police custody by the 3rd Additional Sessions Judge, Srinagar. Police arrested her in a case (FIR no. 93/2010) lodged at Safakadal Police Station.
The ailing Andrabi is likely to be shifted back to Central Jail Srinagar from where she was brought to court.
The SSP Srinagar submitted before the court that 15 cases were registered against Andrabi and are under investigation. He informed that the cases against Andrabi are registered at police stations of Khanyar, Kothibagh, Nowhatta, Soura, Nigeen, Shergari, Shaheed Gunj, and Safakadal.
Advocate Urfi said that of these 15 cases registered against her, Andrabi has been given bail in 11 cases. “In the three other cases, bail bonds have been furnished before court. Only in one case, which was registered at police station Safakadal, bail bonds were not furnished,” the lawyer said.
“The condition of Asiya Andrabi is weak. Her illnesses pose a great risk to her life. The unwanted detention has deteriorated her health and on humanitarian grounds she must be released,” Advocate Urfi said.
A medical report submitted by the medical officer of Central Jail Srinagar has stated that Andrabi is 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 is 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.
Andrabi and her personal secretary Fehmeeda Sofi were booked under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) in May this year and were sent to 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.