SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Srinagar has demanded enquiry into the death of a 70-year-old Ghulam Hassan Malik alias Noor Khan who was lodged at Kot Bhalwal jail, Jammu.
“Noor, died in custody on Tuesday at Government Medical Hospital, Jammu, a day after he was shifted from the jail where he was lodged on 27 January 2018 in pursuance of an order of detention passed against him by District Magistrate, Baramulla at the behest of police,” Bar said in a statement issued here.
It demanded that an enquiry should be held in the matter to ascertain as to how and under what circumstances the death took place in the hospital and as to whether the provisions of Detenue General Order 1968 were observed by the jail authorities in the case or not.
“The Bar Association maintains that when a detenue falls ill in jail, he has to be removed to the nearest hospital immediately, having the necessary facilities and equipment and detained there in custody until the termination of treatment and the superintendent of the jail has to send the information to the government as well as to the controller of prisons, who is also duty bound to keep the government promptly informed about the progress of the detenue. In case it is not so done, then the guilty are to be prosecuted for medical negligence resulting in the death of the prisoner and punished according to law,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Bar condemned the “barging into houses and assaulting people and damaging their property without any provocation by army on Tuesday night at Mashward village of Shopian district”.
“A youth had dared to ask the army personnel to stop breaking the law but they pounced upon him and hit him with gun buts and jackboots which frightened the other youth and had to rush for safety in the dead of the night,” it said.
The Association also termed the 30 day judicial custody and shifting of Asiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen and Fahmeeda Sofi to Mandaveli jail, as unwarranted and unjustified.
Meanwhile, in a condolence meeting held on Wednesday, in High Court premises, the Bar members expressed grief over the demise of the youngest sister of senior advocate Z A Shah.