Detained PDP leader Naeem Akhtar shifted to hospital

File pic of Naeem Akhtar

Senior People’s Democratic Party leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar, who is under detention, was on Thursday shifted to a private hospital for treatment. Akhter is under detention for the past 20 days at MLA hostel here which has been designated as a sub-jail.

A PDP leader confirmed that Akhtar was shifted to a private hospital after he developed some health issues. “He is fine now, but is under medical observation,” the leader said.

In June last year, Akhtar was released from more than 10-month detention after the government quashed his detention order under the Public Safety Act.

After facing preventive detention, Akhtar was then put under house arrest. However, in September, he was allowed to “move out freely” by the Jammu and Kashmir administration.

Along with dozens of other leaders, Akhtar had been put under preventive detention after August 5, 2019 when the Government of India scrapped the special constitutional status of J&K. However, even after his release from detention, Akhter was kept confined to his home but was “set free” after which he had attended some of the party meetings as well.

Soon after being informed about revocation of his house arrest last year, Akhtar had taken to Twitter and said: “After 407 days of detention I am informed that I am free to move about. Thank you rulers for small mercies while you inflict larger tragedies on our land,” Akhtar had written.

On June 26 last year, government evicted Akhter from his government bungalow at posh Gupkar Road here while he had alleged that he was “not given sufficient time for moving out of the official accommodation”, which he was occupying since his becoming a minister during the PDP-BJP coalition government in J&K.