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Health condition of Malik deteriorating, says JKLF

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‘In last 300 days, Malik spend 120 days in incarceration’

Srinagar: Stating that the health condition of its chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik is deteriorating at a very fast speed, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leaders on Thursday said that in last 300 days (ten months), Malik has spent 120 days in incarceration as he was detained about 20 times by police.
The JKLF leaders as per a statement issued here while speaking at a meeting organized to deliberate upon the worsening health of Malik who is languishing in police custody from 19th November 2018 termed the frequent and prolonged incarcerations of its chairman as ‘travesty of justice and democracy’.
JKLF leaders said that frequent and prolonged incarcerations have taken a heavy toll on Malik’s health, which is deteriorating at a very fast speed.
“Though Malik has been in and out of jails and police stations from a long time and has spent most of his time in incarceration centers but from 2014 arresting and putting him in jails and police stations has become a daily routine of rulers and these frequent and prolonged incarcerations have actually taken a heavy toll on his health which has deteriorated considerably,” JKLF leaders said.
Participants of the meeting said that Malik was arrested on 2nd of October 2018, before the commencement of Municipal election this year and released after about month long incarceration but only after few days, he was again arrested by police and is since then languishing in a small room at police station Maisuma.
The speakers said that “in last ten months (about 300 days) this year, Malik has spent about 120 days in incarceration and during this period he was arrested about 20 times by the police. This shows the aggressive and undemocratic attitude of rulers and authorities with JKLF chairman and also the real face of democracy which is not allowing any peaceful political dissent in Jammu Kashmir.”
“Malik is already suffering from many ailments and recent confinements have taken a heavy toll on his health which is declining very fast. He is a chronic heart patient for which he has to see a doctor regularly, he has kidney ailment too and recent confinement in a small room at Maisuma police station has developed a severe pain in his back too,” they said.
Expressing serious concern over the worsening situation of Malik, speakers in the meeting urged international human rights organizations, UNHRC, amnesty international and ICRC to take a serious cognizance of deteriorating health of JKLF incarcerated chairman and the ‘oppression’ unleashed against thousands of Kashmiri inmates in jails of Jammu Kashmir and India.
Speakers said that if international community and champions of human rights are not able to safeguard humans in Kashmir, people here will lose faith in them.

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