Jammu and Kashmir mainstream political leaders have asked the Home Minister and LG administration to grant proper medical treatment to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Wing President Waheed Rehman Para and have also called for his immediate release.
Former Chief Minister and President People’s Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti urged Home Minister of India to facilitate medical care and assistance for Waheed who is in jail from November 2020.
“Waheed Para jailed since November 2020 on baseless charges is in need of urgent medical care & assistance. Request & urge @HMOIndia to facilitate this at the earliest,” former CM wrote on Twitter.
Jammu Kashmir Peoples Conference (PC) President Sajad Lone, who spent six months with Waheed in jail tweeted: “I hope there is nothing serious. And hope he is medically examined. Wahid and me were jail mates together for 6 months. He is an amazing person. Hope he is a free man soon. My best wishes. And lots of love.”
Central Committee Mmember of CPI (M) M Y Tarigami also urged for the release of Waheed.
He wrote: “Administration must release Waheed Para, whose health is deteriorating. So, as he can get access to medical care. Of note, charges against him have not been proved by investigative agencies in the court of law.”
Former Deputy CM of J&K Muzzaffar Hussain Baig also requested administration and HMO to revive Waheeds case.
He wrote: “Deeply concerned about health conditions of Waheed who’s under detention for more than two years now. Request administration to see his case compassionately and pray for his speedy recovery and release @HMOIndia.”
PC General Secretary Imran Reza Ansari also expressed concern about Waheed health.
He wrote: “Really worried about Brother Waheed Para’s health situation. I hope the administration ensures best medical support to him. Praying for his well-being, safety and release.”
Author-journalist David Devdas wrote on Twitter, “worried about @parawahid, who apparently lost consciousness in jail and was shifted to hospital. I wish Wahid good health and a long life.”
PDP General Secretary Mehboob wrote: “Waheed-incarcerated snce 2020,ovr charges dt hv nt bn provd,cnt b denied hz basic fundamental&human. State & no Court cn deny hm dt.They r duty bound 2 ensre dt hz provided wd immediate medical care n d Court mst consider releasing hm @jkpdp @MehboobaMufti.”
Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar wrote: “Waheed is a thinking, articulate young voice who talks politics, democratic rights, constitutional language. That’s why he is seen as a threat and treated as an enemy. But his persecutors can’t write his destiny. He has a role to play. God will protect him.”
Congress leader Salman Anees Soz also expressed anguish over the crushing of dissent, asked for attention by PMO and Rahul Gandhi.
He wrote: “How long will our youth rot in prisons, incarcerated under diabolical laws, at the mercy of a political system that seeks to crush dissent. @parawahid was a budding politician from J&K. @jkpdp’s youth leader. But now he suffers. His family suffers. @PMOIndia @RahulGandhi.”
Congress leader Tariq Hameed Karra tweeted: “Is @parawahid a CONVICT or an UNDER TRIAL. Both have Constitutional provisions, CrPC rules & many SupremeCourt rulings favouring their rights. https://t.co/0RfIMceehZ It’s time when the Country’s OWN Judicial System needs to be UNDER TRIAL #WaheedParaNeedsHealthcare.”
Former parliamentarian Mir Fayaz also tweeted: “Reports associating ill health of Waheed Para are quite disturbing & concerning. He has been a torch bearer for unorganised youth constituency & showed them the path of mainstream for national interest. He deserves to be a free man & proper health care @PMOIndia @HMOIndia.”
Former Advocate Mohd Yousuf Bhat also expressed concern and wrote: “The unwarranted arrest of @parawahid had already disgruntled young faces & now his deteriorating health has pained them further. Requesting @OfficeOfLGJandK to provide adequate & effective medical assistance to him & allay all apprehension relating to his health. @MehboobaMufti.”
RTI activist, Dr Raja Muzaffar advocated for Waheed’s early release and tweeted, “Waheed needs medial health facility. Release him forthwith.”
PC Womens Wing President Safina Baig requested administration to facilitate medical assistance for Waheed.
She tweeted: “Very disturbed to hear about deteriorating health conditions of my younger brother Waheed. I pray this bad phase passes away. May God allow you a speedy recovery & hasten your release. Requesting LG administration to facilitate his medical assistance on priority.”
Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) General Secretary Javed Beigh has also requested LG Manoj Sinha to facilitate Waheed’s medical treatment.
He tweeted: “@jkpdp Leader @parawahid is not keeping well for as per media reports . His health condition is deteriorating and he had fallen unconscious yesterday. Requesting Hon’ble LG @manojsinha_Ji to direct jail authorities for his advanced medical treatment.”