It is hell right here,150 inmates share one bathroom, Gorakhpur physician’s letter from jail stirs controversy


Mathura (UP), July 6

A four-page hand-written letter by suspended Gorakhpur physician, Kafeel Khan, has stirred up a hornet’s nest.

The letter, which narrates the ‘hellish’ circumstances of the Mathura jail the place he’s presently lodged for taking part in anti-CAA protests, claims that about 150 inmates are sharing a rest room.

Mathura jail senior superintendent Shailendra Maitri, alternatively, has questioned the veracity of the letter.

“Kafeel denies having written any letter. We screen all the outgoing mails, and did not see any such letter written by Kafeel. And after the lockdown began, no one has been allowed to meet the inmates. So, how did the alleged letter go out?” he requested.

Kafeel, within the letter to his household, has written, “With just one attached toilet and 125-150 inmates, the smell of their sweat and urine mixed, with unbearable heat due to electricity cuts, makes life hell over here. A living hell indeed.”

He additional wrote, “I try to read but cannot focus due to suffocation. Sometimes I feel that I might fall due to dizziness. The entire barrack seems like a fish market full of all kinds of smells. People are coughing, sneezing, farting, urinating and sweating. Some people snore, some fight, some scratch themselves.” The physician additionally questioned his detention. “Why am I being punished? When will I be able to see my children, my wife, my mother and my brothers and sister? When will I be able to fulfil my duties as a doctor in fighting the menace of Coronavirus?” he requested.

Kafeel’s brother Adeel Ahmad Khan, mentioned that the letter was written by Kafeel on June 15 and had reached them on July 1.

Adeel claimed that the letter was despatched by publish.

Kafeel Khan was booked for his alleged inflammatory remarks at an anti-CAA protest at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on December 13, 2019.

He was arrested from Mumbai on January 29 this yr and was granted bail on February 10 by a court docket in Aligarh.

But, on February 13, the UP authorities invoked the National Security Act (NSA) in opposition to him, making certain that he stays behind the bars.

Kafeel Khan first hit the headlines in August 2017 when he was blamed for the deaths of 30 kids resulting from oxygen scarcity within the BRD Medical school in Gorakhpur.

He stays suspended from service although he was cleared of the costs in a departmental inquiry.

IANS



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