Sopore: After spending 22 months in detention, 75-year-old senior Hurriyat leader from Sopore, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori has been released last Friday, after he faced a paralytic stroke at Jajir jail in Haryana.
Khan Sopori had been moved to Jajir jail in December from Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu.
A resident of Badambagh in Sopore town, Khan Sopori is chairman of the People’s League and a senior member of the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani.
Sopori’s son Sajad Ahmad said that the fourth PSA against Sopori was quashed in December but his father had not been released.
“It was only after my father suffered a paralytic stroke, and fearing that he might die they handed him over to us in a serious condition,” Sajad said.
“Last Friday night we received a call from Jajir Jail authorities that they are releasing Khan Sopori. It was around 10 pm and we wondered why now, and why they did not inform us in advance. We called up a relative in Delhi and he went to Jajir jail and received my father. Then only we came to know he has suffered a paralytic stroke.”
Sajad alleged that even after complaining of serious chest pain in jail, Sopori was not provided proper medical care.
“When he received a paralysis attack in the left side of his body, they handed him over to us in half dead condition. This is how they treat our Kashmiri prisoners in jails, this is inhumane and barbaric,” he lamented.
Sopori was behind bars since February 2017. After he was shifted to Haryana jail in December, his family had not been allowed to meet him.
Presently he is under observation at Jamia Millia Islamia Hospital New Delhi, and according to his family, doctors have advised for installing a pacemaker.