Days after incarcerated youth leader Waheed Para was found unconscious in jail, mainstream political leaders, researchers, educationists and others appealed J&K Government for medical assistance in favour of Waheed and his early release.
On Wednesday, a special NIA Court directed the Superintendent of Central Jail Srinagar to get a specialised doctor’s medically examined Waheed Para. “In view of the facts and circumstances of the case, I deem it fit and proper to allow the applicant in the interest of justice,” read the order copy.
“The applicant is allowed and Superintendent central jail Srinagar is directed to get the accused medically examined from a competent/ specialised doctor under the rule and submit compliance report before this court,” the order added.
Today, acting on court directions, jail authorities took Waheed to government-run hospital SMHS for a medical check-up.
“On directions of the hon’ble court, Waheed was taken to the hospital wherein his Echo scan, ECG and ENT checkup was done,” said his family.
“Doctors recommended follow-up consultation next week and was advised to take medications on time,” they told news agency Kashmir Dot Com.
Pertinent to mention that Para was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on November 25, 2020, just a day after he announced his candidacy for the District Development Council elections and filed nomination papers.
In January 2021, he was granted bail by the NIA court. The special judge at the court held that “offences particularly falling under Unlawful Activities Act (UAPA) are not prima facie made out against the accused”.
The judge had said that none of the charge sheets presented before the court contained “reference of the present applicant” or referred to him as “suspected accused”.
While Waheed was stepping out of the jail, he was arrested by Jammu Kashmir Police Wing, CIK, on the same charges. His bail application was rejected twice and is jailed in Srinagar Central Jail where his condition has deteriorated as per family.