Student leader Atikur Rahman’s ‘Partially Paralysed’, says lawyer, family

Protest at Jantar Mantar to release Atikur Rahman

By Muslim Mirror Network

Health of Atikur Rahman, a Campus Front of India student leader who was detained in October 2020 with Kerala journalist Siddiqui Kappan and prosecuted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, has deteriorated, after which he was admitted to a nearby Lucknow hospital.

According to his laywer, Saifan Shaikh, After diagnosis cardiac specialists at the Lucknow hospital have said that he is suffering from some neurological disorder. Rahman is suffering from aortic regurgitation, a heart ailment that happens when the aortic valve of the heart does not close tightly, since 2007.

“His right hand and leg are not working as normal. There’s little change in the shape of his mouth,” Shaikh said.

According to the lawyer he finds it difficult to Identify and recogne people “due to sudden memory loss issue.”

His family claimed that a lack of post-surgery treatment in prison was to blame for his condition getting worse.

“He can’t move his left side, and he is even struggling to recognise me. He sometimes remembers who I am but then soon forgets again. It’s a very scary situation,” his wife Sanjida Rahman was quoted as saying by the Quint.

“His left side is completely gone, he isn’t being able to move or even talk coherently. Had he gotten treatment and care timely and regularly, this wouldn’t have happened,” his brother, Mateen, told the Quint.

Responding to the family’s allegations, Ashish Tiwari, senior superintendent of the Lucknow district jail has said, “I don’t know the details of the case…the doctors in the jail look after the prisoners. But the prisoner had a history of illness from well before he was arrested.”

Earlier, in 2021, Rahman was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in order to have open heart surgery. He spent approximately three months there after being admitted.

Uddhav back  stabbed us, necessary to teach him a lesson, says Amit Shah, a research scholar in library science at Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut, was detained alongside Kappan, Masood Ahmed, a master’s student at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi, and taxi driver Mohammad Alam while they were en route to show support for the family of a young Dalit woman in Hathras who passed away after being raped and killed by four upper caste men.

The draconian UAPA and several sections of the Indian Penal Code, which permit incarceration for a year without bail, have been used by the Uttar Pradesh police to file charges against them.

In order to transfer the student activist to AIIMS, Delhi, his family has currently filed an application with a special court in Lucknow.

“He has been treated by his doctors at AIIMS for years. Moreover, after the surgery, they required him to come there for regular consultations,” his wife Sanjida told The Quint


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