Baramulla: A famous militant of the ’90s and a popular pro-freedom activist in north Kashmir, 70-year-old Gulam Hasan Malik, better known as Noor Khan, died on Tuesday at Government Medical College Jammu a day after he was shifted to the hospital from Kot Balwal Jail, where was imprisoned under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) since January 27 this year.
A native of Gulistan village in Narvaw Baramulla, Gulam Hasan had his present house in Pehlipora Uri. He was arrested by Baramulla police on January 22 and a PSA detention order was slapped on him on January 27, after which he was shifted to Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu.
Gulam Hasan fell ill a few days ago while in Kot Balwal Jail. On Monday, he complained of serious pain in his chest, family sources said. The jail authorities shifted him to GMC Jammu on Monday evening. He breathed his last there today afternoon at about 3pm.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Gulam Hasan’s son Irshad Ahmad Malik said that his father was called to police station Baramulla on January 20 this year. He was formally arrested two days later and on January 27 he was booked under PSA. Irshad said that his father was first imprisoned at Central Jail Srinagar, from where he was shifted to Kot Balwal Jail after police claimed to have recovered arms from his possession. Irshad said the police’s claim of recovery of arms was completely false.
Irshad said that on Monday, the family received a phone call from jail authorities in Jammu that Ghulam Hasan was seriously ill and had been shifted to hospital. Family members reached the hospital on Tuesday but only to see Ghulam Hasan breathe his last.
Irshad demanded an inquiry into the false charges slapped on his father by police and into the circumstances in which he fell ill and died. He said the body is still in hospital and doctors were conducting a post-mortem on it.
When contacted SSP Baramulla , Imtiyaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the deceased was booked under PSA for weapon and narcotics smuggling.