“In Tihar jail, I lost 8 teeth in 7 years”

Farooq Ahmad Dagga, who came home to Kupwara in Kashmir on Friday after spending more than seven years in Delhi’s Tihar jail said the condition of Kashmiri detainees in the prison was worsening with the passage of time.
“In Tihar jail, I lost 8 teeth in 7 years”
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Farooq Ahmad Dagga, who came home to Kupwara in Kashmir on Friday after spending more than seven years in Delhi's Tihar jail said the condition of Kashmiri detainees in the prison was worsening with the passage of time.  

Dagga, now 51, was released from prison after he was convicted in a case of funding for militancy. He had already served more time in prison than the court awarded him for the crime he was convicted for. 

He said that almost all Kashmir detained there were ill and medication was rarely provided. "There is nobody to listen to Kashmiri prisoners," Dagga said. 

"Condition of Kashmiris detained in Tihar is worsening day by day." 

Dagga was arrested from Srinagar in 2011 by the Special Cell of Delhi Police who later handed him over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a case related to transferring of funds for militant activities in Kashmir.

On Monday, the Special NIA court awarded Dagga and two others, Mohammad SidiqGanai and GhulamJeelaniLiloo seven years imprisonment. However, Dagga was released as he had already stayed in jail five months longer than the punishment awarded to him.   

"I reached home yesterday (Friday) and saw my family (for the first time) after over seven years," Dagga said. 

Poverty prevented his two children and wife from seeing Dagga even once during his incarceration. He is suffering from orthopedic ailments he said developed in Tihar. 

"I can't walk properly; I have problems in both the knees."

Dagga said he lost eight of teeth in the prison. 

"In case there was little pain in my teeth, the medical staff simply removes it without any investigation."

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