SRINAGAR: Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) on Sunday strongly condemned the shifting of its chairperson Dr Muhammad Qasim to Udhampur jail and termed it a “well sorted conspiracy to kill the ailing leader”.
MDM general secretary Muhammad Maqbool Bhat in a statement said the ailing leader was taken for a health check up on March 3 (Saturday) and instead of being brought back to Central Jail Srinagar, he was shifted to Udhampur jail.
“It is a blatant deception as the court had clearly directed jail authorities to lodge him at central jail,” Maqbool said.
He said the transfer of Dr Qasim is against the Supreme Court rulings as the apex court has already directed that an incarcerated person should be held at a detention facility nearest to his home.
The general secretary added that Dr Qasim is facing a lot of ailments like Glaucoma, L4, L5 disc problem. “We (are apprehensive) whether proper healthcare would be provided to him in Udhampur jail?”
“The incarceration of Dr Qasim is a political vendetta against him and now shifting him away from his family shows that the government and administration is hell bent to (inflict) difficulties on him to satisfy their ego,” he said.
“The proper way forward would have been to follow the law in his case and release him as he has completed 25 years in jail, but the Indian government and its local stooges have shredded every word of the book of law in Dr sahab’s case.”
The MDM general secretary appealed the world community to look into the case of Dr Muhammad Qasim and “see how a man is being subjected to political vendetta because of the ideology he holds”.