Kashmiri Prisoner in Tihar Jail Denied Medical Treatment



Dr Waseem Akram Malik.
Dr Waseem Akram Malik.

Even after the special National Investigating Agency court directed the Tihar jail officials to medically examine Delhi High Court blast co-accused Dr Wasim Akram Malik at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the jail authorities have reportedly brushed aside the order.

Earlier, Dr Wasim suffered Bell’s Palsy – paralysis of the facial nerve – during judicial custody.

Amar Nath, District and sessions judge (DSJ), had Tuesday directed the jail superintendent to get the 26-year-old Dr Waseem examined by a specialist doctor at AIIMS and furnish a report on Thursday.

“But my son was not taken to AIIMS but was treated at the jail by a doctor,” reports quoted Waseem’s father, Raiz Akram Malik having said.  “Waseem told his mother on phone that he was not taken to the hospital.”

Raiz said that he was apprehensive about the deteriorating health of his son and wants the Mufti government to shift him to any jail in Kashmir.

Dr Wasim was detained in Tihar jail in connection with the Delhi High Court blast that took place on September 7, 2011. 15 persons were killed and more than 80 were injured in the blast. However, his father, Raiz has been denying the charges slapped on his son since his arrest in 2011.

“After the Delhi blast,” the father said, “India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) had asked him to send his son for an hour or so for questioning. Waseem was in the final year of the MBBS course he was pursuing in Bangladesh when I called him. I handed him over to the NIA. In custody he was subjected to third degree torture.”

“My son is innocent. I regret handing him over to the NIA.”


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