Aasiya, associates remanded to judicial custody, sent to central jail: DeM

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SRINAGAR: Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) Syeda Aasiya Andrabi along with party general secretary, Nahida Nasreen, press secretary Sofi Fehmeeda and two other “innocent” girls has been shifted to Srinagar central jail after court in Anantnag remanded them to judicial custody.
DeM spokesperson Rifat Fatima in a statement said Aasiya and others were taken to Anantnag for hearing where the court remanded them from police custody to judicial custody and sent them to Srinagar central jail.
She said though the trio was sent into police remand under a case filed by Soura police station in which they were bailed twice, Monday’s hearing was regarding a fresh FIR that was lodged by Anantnag Police on June 7.
She said the party chairperson along with others was arrested on April 20 in Anantnag. “As was already known through different reports, Andrabi Sahiba was critically ill and was recently taken to police hospital for medical check-up and other diagnosis. Further check-ups and follow-ups were recommended by doctors and she also had to undergo several diagnostic tests,” she said.
Rifat said the lawyer had asked the court to extend the police remand at least for a week and keep her at Rambagh police station because of Andrabi’s poor health and easy access to the nearby police station.
“Baaji Sahiba is suffering as the ailment is critical and we all know that the central jail has been turned into Guantanamo jail and it is almost impossible for Baaji Sahiba to get permission for a health check-up there,” she said.
“The government of India and police are so afraid of Andrabi Sahiba and the DeM that they want to keep her in custody forever. This is nothing but frustration. They don’t even allow her to get medical attention which is highly condemnable,” the spokesperson said.