Journalist Siddique Kappan secretly shifted from AIIMS to Mathura jail

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Siddique Kappan

By Muslim Mirror Staff

New Delhi: Journalist Siddique Kappan was discharged from AIIMS on 6 May and taken back to Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura jail from AIMIM, without informing his lawyer or family members.

Kappan was admitted to AIIMS for his Covid-19 treatment in accordance with an order passed by the Supreme Court on 28 April.

The top court had directed the UP government to ensure better medical care for Kappan. His family had alleged that he was ”chained” to a bed like an animal and being denied access to toilet in a Mathura-based hospital.

Criticising the police for not informing the family about Kappan, his lawyer said, ”The police are legally bound to tell the family and the lawyer… I reached out to them, but they told me that they cannot help me. All this is happening in a secretive manner for no good reason,”

Raihanath has been in Delhi for the last seven days. “She has left two of her three children behind; she has left her 90-year-old mother behind… She has come to a city where Covid cases are surging and how; she is desperate to know how her husband is doing,” Mathews said.

Several press freedom organisations and human rights bodies have raised their concerns over prolonged incarceration of Kappan.

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