National Update : PDP leader Naeem again shifted to jail from hospital in Srinagar

Srinagar, Jan 17 : Former minister and senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar was again shifted to jail from hospital where he was admitted on January 14 after he fell unconscious in his detention room.

Naeem Akhtar, who served as the spokesperson for the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested on December 21 last year from his house, few days before the counting of votes in the District Development Council (DDC) elections which were held for the first time in the Union Territory (UT).

He was kept in MLA hospital which has been turned into a sub-jail after August 5 last year where majority of former ministers, legislators and senior leaders were lodged after Centre abrogated Article 370 and 35 A besides dividing the state into two Union Territories (UT).

However, on January 14 Naeem fainted in the room for about 40 minutes and was shifted to a private hospital.

He has again been shifted to sub-jail MLA hospital, official sources said on Sunday.

However, his daughter Shehryar Khanum taking to micro-blogging site Twitter said “ After having a near death experience, my father@shangpal has been taken back to the jail and not sent home. If anything happens to him this is on the state and every person who is an accomplice to his persecution. May their loved ones never go through this”.

In her earlier tweet she had said “At least a senior police officer had the courtesy to inform me around midnight that my father @shangpal in detention was in hospital after he was unconscious for 40 mins. Saved by a whisker – some days back all alone in the whole building. Grateful to his fellow detenues. Prayers!”.

Akhtar was among the hundreds of mainstream leaders arrested on August 5 last year. However, he was among the last to be released after he refused to sign an undertaking that he will not raise the issue of state’s special status after his release.


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