Watali ‘denied’ medical aid in Tihar jail: Family

The family of a Kashmiri businessman lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail alleged on Friday that he is being denied medical aid by the jail authorities.
Watali ‘denied’ medical aid in Tihar jail: Family
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The family of a Kashmiri businessman lodged in New Delhi's Tihar jail alleged on Friday that he is being denied medical aid by the jail authorities.

In a statement, the family of Zahoor Watali said that due to denial of medical facilities to him, "his health is deteriorating day-by-day."

Watali is lodged in Tihar for the past four months after he was arrested by National Investigating Agency in an alleged funding case.

"He is losing weight day-by-day because of severe health ailments," the family said, adding that the NIA court had directed Tihar authorities to get Watali treated at the all-India institute of medical sciences (AIIMS).

"He was taken to AIIMS 15 times but he is not being treated there," they alleged.  

The family said that they have moved an application before the NIA court for treatment of Watali in a private hospital, "but no heed is being paid to the application."

The family said that Watali refused to be treated at the AIIMS on Friday.

"They (jail authorities) could not treat him for the past two months and there was no fun going there again," they said.

The families of some other detainees at Tihar also alleged that no medical facility is being provided to their incarcerated relatives.

Despite repeated attempts, no Tihar jail official could be contacted for comments on the issue.  

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