SRINAGAR: Family of a Kashmiri detainee, Mahmood Ahmad Khan, lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, has said that the jail authorities are endangering his life by denying him medical aid. Khan’s wife, Fatima Begum told Greater Kashmir that her husband has developed some serious ailments apart from the general weakness and arthritis. “He needs urgent medical aid which the jail authorities are denying him,” she said.
Khan, she said, was arrested from Kangan in north Kashmir by the paramilitary BSF troopers in November 1995 and has been lodged in various jails since then. A few days back, Begum said, she along with her elder daughter had gone to Tihar to meet her husband. “At first, we were denied the meeting; it was only after our repeated pleas before the Jailor we were let in. We were shocked to see his (Khan’s) condition. He was being helped by two men while he walked down to meet us,” she added.
After seeing his condition, she said, “We brought some warm clothes, medicines and a lumbar belt for him, but the jail authorities didn’t allow us in saying we need to have court orders for providing facilities to inmates.” She said in 2007 when she had gone to meet her husband the doctors had then suggested him to undergo a surgery. “As the surgery was not performed, his condition deteriorated,” she added.
Begum said her husband was not the only Kashmiri who has been denied medical facilities. “Many Kashmiris lodged in Tihar are facing the same problem. They are ill-treated and denied the medical aid.”-SANA