JKLF chief Yasin Malik on hunger strike in Tihar Jail
   Date :24-Jul-2022

KASHMIRI separatist leader Yasin Malik is on a hunger strike in Tihar Jail after the Government did not respond to his plea that he be allowed to physically appear in a Jammu court hearing the Rubaiya Sayeed kidnapping case in which he is an accused, officials said on Saturday. Malik, 56, head of the banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), began his indefinite strike on Friday as he had threatened to earlier this month, they said. On Friday morning, he refused to eat anything despite repeated requests by jail authorities, the officials said. His health is being closely monitored.
Appearing before a special CBI judge through video conference, Malik had said he wanted to appear physically in the case related to the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of the Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, in December 1989. Malik informed the court that he had written a letter to the Government seeking his transfer to a Jammu jail so he could appear physically in the case and contest the allegations against him. He had said he would like to personally cross-examine all the prosecution witnesses in the case and would wait for a Government nod till July 22. If not, he would sit on an indefinite hunger strike inside the jail.