Srinagar: The health condition of a jailed Hurriyat Conference leader Altaf Ahmad Shah has deteriorated in India’s Tihar jail as the jail authorities are not letting Shah to go for a proper medical checkup despite court orders, his family said.
“My father is a diabetic patient and is hypertensive. Around three months ago, a cyst had developed on his feet. If an immediate medical procedure is not done then it may lead to serious implications resulting in permanent damage,” said Shah’s daughter Ruwa Shah.
The court had given him permission to go for a medical checkup but the jail authorities kept delaying it,” said Shah’s daughter Ruwa Shah in a statement to KNS, adding, “We wanted to get him checked at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences but now they have taken him to some local hospital. He needs a proper endocrinologist.”
Altaf Ahmad Shah, alias Altaf Fantosh, who is son-in-law of Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in May 2017 in the alleged funding case.
Shah’s daughter said that another jailed Hurriyat leader Peer Saifullah had recently fallen in the jail washroom. “He has a brain tumour. The least the court can do is grant an interim bail to the inmates who are suffering like this,” said Ruwa alleging that the case is unnecessarily being delayed by the authorities.
“It has been around a year-and-a-half. With the 13,000 page charge sheet filed against them, nothing has been proved in the court yet,” she said, “Letting them suffer medically and delaying their treatments is only a way of authorities to make them stay in the jail.”