Jammu & Kashmir

Jailed Hurriyat leader’s daughter writes to Modi, seeks medical help for ailing father

Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmad Shah with his daughter, Ruwa Shah. [Photo: Facebook/ ruwa.shah]

Srinagar: Daughter of Kashmiri incarcerated Hurriyat leader Mohammad Altaf Shah has written to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi seeking urgent medical help for his ailing father.

Shah is currently lodged in Tihar jail and is unwell as per the Shah’s daughter Ruwa Shah, who has requested the jail authorities to move her father to the proper hospital instead of jail ICU where he is currently on oxygen support.

In the letter, Ruwa Shah wrote, ‘My father Mr. Altaf Ahmad Shah who is currently incarcerated at Tihar Jail in New Delhi was unwell for over two weeks during which he repeatedly requested the jail authorities to take him to hospital. When he was finally taken to Deendayal hospital Janakpur, the doctors referred him to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for further treatment owing to his seemingly critical condition. However, he was brought back to Tijar jail instead’.

Ruwa Shah further mentioned that when the family members inquired about his health at the NIA special court, they came to know that jail authorities had submitted prevaricated reports merely mentioning that he had diabetes and hypertension. She alleged that they did not mention her father’s pneumonia, extremely low hemoglobin, and kidney malfunction.

In the letter which was written on behalf of the entire family, she said that over the last two days, they have had no whereabouts of Shah.

Requesting Modi to intervene and make the requisite medical help reach him, she wrote, ‘waiting with bated breath for your kind intervention’.


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