The family members of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik on Saturday said that he was seriously ill and has been shifted to a hospital in New Delhi for treatment.
Addressing a press conference at their Maisuma residence, the sister and mother of Malik said that their lawyer told them that the JKLF chief has been shifted to a hospital.
“The authorities were forced to tell his lawyer that his (Yasin Malik’s) condition is very serious and he is on a hunger strike from past twelve days. His (Yasin Malik’s) demand is that he was shifted to Tihar jail on illegal remand,” his sister told the reporters.
She said that Malik’s counsel was scheduled to meet him today.
“We had gone to Jammu to meet him (Malik), but when we reached there in the evening, we heard that he has been taken to Delhi. So we returned without meeting him. Since then, we are only in touch with his lawyer. The lawyer, Raja Tufail, was also not allowed to meet Malik,” she alleged.
Shopkeepers lowered their shutters in Maisuma area of the city soon after the news of Malik’s condition reached there.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said he was “deeply” disturbed by the news about Malik’s health.
“Deeply disturbed by the sudden news about Yasin Malik being seriously ill &shifted to hospital in New Delhi. As no one is allowed to meet him details are not yet known. His safety & well being is the responsibility of the state under whose detention he is arrested &slapped with PSA,” tweeted Mirwaiz.
A Delhi court on April 10 sent Yasin Malik to NIA custody till April 22 after the agency sought his custodial interrogation in connection with a case related to alleged funding of separatists and militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir.
Yasin Malik was produced before special judge Rakesh Syal where the National Investigation Agency arrested him inside the courtroom and sought 15-day custodial interrogation.
He was shifted to Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Tuesday after the NIA secured his production remand in connection with the funding case.
Yasin Malik’s JKLF was recently banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.