SRINAGAR — Dr Bilqees Shah, wife of jailed Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah, on Saturday appealed to the Central and Union Territory government to release her husband on the payroll in wake of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Tihar Jail.
Expressing grave concern over the growing COVID-19 cases in the jail, Dr Bilquees said that she came to know that other inmates in the barrack of Shah tested positive for the virus.
“They are being quarantined now but, being a doctor and serving COVID-19 patients, I am fully aware that this second wave is completely different and more intensive,” she said.
“Earlier, the intimation period was 6-7 days but now it’s around 15 days. Till the time the patient would come to know about the virus, it would have badly damaged his body.”
“From the last year, I am serving COVID-19 patients, and, last year, if you would have 100 patients, only 10 would need oxygen cylinders, but the second wave seems to be very deadly — out of 100 patients, 95 are on the mercy of oxygen,” she added.
“Delhi is the worst-hit place at the moment. We have seen how bureaucrats and other VIPs are getting exposed to this COVID-19,” she said.
Expressing grave concern over the deteriorating health of her husband, Dr Bilquis said, “The most worrying thing is that as per sources, many prisoners, jail staff members tested COVID-19 positive. Shabir Sahab is sick but nobody attends him due to COVID-19 scare”.
“We witnessed an MP succumbed to this disease earlier in Tihar jail. The situation is grim. The Central government should release my husband on humanitarian grounds on the payroll. We are very much concerned about his ailing health. I am perturbed and I seek his release,” she said.
“My husband does not hold a passport. If he is released on payroll, he won’t be able to fly out of the country,” she added.
Earlier, the J&K High Court Bar Association Kashmir appealed to the government to shift Kashmiri prisoners lodged in outside jailed to local ones. I am thankful to Bar Association for making this humanitarian appeal but there is a need to do something concrete,” she said.
“It’s my handhold request to the government to release my husband on the payroll as his health is deteriorating. The government should release the prisoners on the payroll in view of the second wave of COVID-19,” she added. (KNS)