SHOPIAN: The family of a Pulwama man detained under Public Safety Act is worried about his deteriorating health, and said the jail authorities were neglecting medical assistance to him.
Zaheer Abas, son of Abdul Gani Lone of Inder village of Pulwama, has been in Kathua jail since June. The family said he was summoned by police on May 18 and detained. On June 13 he was booked under PSA on allegations of being an over-ground worker and moved to Kathua jail.
“He (Abas) was running a hotel in Lassipora industrial area and closed his shop during Ramzan but was summoned by Pulwama police. He was booked in a baseless case and since then is languishing in Kathua jail where his health is deteriorating and even medical assistance is not being provided to him,” Abdul Gani, father of the 36-year-old man said.
Abas is father of four children and the lone bread earner of his family. He has earlier also served eight months in Kathua jail in 2017, the family said.
“Since the killing of his brother in 2003, detaining my lone son has become a routine for police. He was arrested several times by police and twice booked under public safety act,” Gani said.
Abas’s younger brother, Nisar Ahmad Lone was a militant affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter in 2003 at Bellov village of Pulwama.
“A top police officer in Pulwama told me then that ‘your son will be at home by Eid’, but they shifted him to Kathua jail. My son was hardly able to earn to meet the two ends of family, how did he become an over ground worker? Is it because his brother was a militant?” asks Gani.
Abas’s wife, Rozy Jan, said the education of their children has suffered badly by Abas’s imprisonment.
She said that Abas’s father Gani is suffering from multiple ailments and the family is not in a condition to bear the expenses of a required surgery.
However, the father was more worried about his son’s deteriorating health than his own.
“We came to know through a family of a person who too is languishing in Kathua jail. They told us that the health condition of my son is deteriorating in jail while authorities are not providing him doctor’s service,” Gani said, pleading that that they want their son be taken, at least, to some doctor on humanitarian grounds.