Incarcerated Hurriyat leader Altaf Shah passes away

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Jailed Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmad Shah passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Tuesday morning.

“Abu (father) breathed his last at AIIMS, New Delhi. As a prisoner,” Ruwa Shah, his daughter, confirmed in a tweet.

Earlier, Ruwa had appealed to the authorities to give her father the medical attention as his health was deteriorating.

On 30 September, Ruwa had made an appeal to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Shah was diagnosed with renal cancer.

“My incarcerated father has been diagnosed of acute renal cancer which has metastasis and has spread to his other body parts, including his bones. It is my whole family’s request to please allow us to see him and consider his bail application on health grounds @HMOIndia @PMOIndia,” she tweeted.

After the diagnosis, Shah was admit to Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital but it did not have oncology department.

The Delhi High Court on 1 October ordered that Shah be shifted to AIIMS for treatment. He was not shifted immediately after the order.

Shah passed away on Tuesday morning. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.

In 2018, Shah was arrested in an alleged terror funding case by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and was lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail.

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