Incarcerated JKLF chief's health condition deteriorating, says family

Family members of incarcerated JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday expressed concern over his deteriorating health condition saying the separatist leader has been kept in solitary confinement in Tihar jail and not allowed to meet anybody.

“He (Malik) is being denied medical facility inside the jail. He is rotting there,” said his sister, Amina, addressing a press conference here, she was accompanied by his mother Aatiqa, and another sister.

Stating that for the past four months the JKLF leader has been kept in solitary confinement, she questioned if all prisoners were allowed to interact with each other, why was Malik denied the right.

“Why is he kept in isolation? How bigger a terrorist is he?” asked Amina.

She said Malik has developed chronic infection in his ear and problems in his eyes too. “He has disc problem and can’t even stand,” Amina said in an emotional tone as her mother and sister struggled to control tears.

She said owing to denial of medical facility to Malik, his health condition was worsening with each passing day. “If Kashmir issue will get resolved by killing him, kill him once for all, if he is the problem,” said Amina.

She said Malik was only running a political movement and hasn’t amassed any property. “Our property (Malik) is in Tihar jail and he is getting rotten there. For the past 30 years he has been rotting inside different jails, hospitals and police stations,” she said.

Amina said the only property that Malik owns is 50 kanals of land which he has inherited from his father in south Kashmir’s Kokernag area.

The family appealed for Malik’s immediate medical treatment and his release.

“He is kept all alone in a cell. In 24 hours, he is allowed to come out for only 20 minutes…I think all this is being done deliberately to kill him. I fear he will not survive,” said Amina.

She added the Government can’t deny basic human rights to Malik.  “I don’t contest the claim that he is running a movement. Jail him but provide him medical treatment,” said Amina.

Replying to a query, she said last time when she went to meet Malik in Tihar jail, his condition had worsened.