SRINAGAR: Convicted Kashmiri separatist Yasin Malik was discharged after remaining admitted at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here for four days and has returned to Tihar Jail.

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“He (Malik) came back to Tihar on Friday,” news agency IANS quoted Director General (Prisons), Sandeep Goyal as having said.

Malik was hospitalised by the prison authorities after his health deteriorated on July 26 following his ongoing hunger strike.

After returning to his cell, Malik has decided to continue with his hunger strike and is still not having any food.

“He is still on intravenous fluids,” the top prison official said.

The jailed separatist leader, who is currently lodged at Jail No. 7 of the Tihar Prison, went on the hunger strike on July 22.

When asked the reason behind his hunger strike, the official refrained from divulging any details. However, prison sources said that the Kashmiri separatist is protesting against the agencies that are investigating his cases.

Recently on July 15, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s sister Rubaiya Sayeed identified Malik as her abductor three decades back.

Her release was managed by swapping four jailed militant commanders when her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was the then Home Minister in the V.P. Singh government.

Listed as a witness for the prosecution, Rubaiya Sayeed appeared before the CBI court in Jammu and identified Malik and three other accused as her abductors.

Malik is in custody since 2019 when NIA arrested him in a terror funding case. He is currently lodged at Jail No. 7 of the Tihar Jail.

The NIA Court in its order had awarded two life sentences and five punishments of 10 years of ‘Rigorous Imprisonment’ each to the convict.

Rigorous imprisonment means confinement of the offender in a manner that increases the hardship of the jail term based upon the nature of the offence by subjecting the offender to special arrangements in the jail.

However, despite Court orders, Malik was not given any work inside the prison due to security reasons.


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