Shabista Khan, wife of Dr. Kafeel Khan of Gorakhpur, who is lodged in Mathura jail under the National Security Act for alleged inflammatory statements during an anti Citizenship Amendment Act protest, has written a letter to the Chief Justice of the High Court requesting security to her husband, claiming his life might be in “danger”. Kafeel was not given food for five days.
Speaking to the media, Shabista said, “We went to meet him in Mathura jail. He told me that when he was brought to the jail after being arrested, he was not given food for five days straight. The barrack he is staying in is very small and around 100-150 people have been lodged there. His life might be in danger there.”
In this regard, Shabista has written to several officials, including the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, demanding the protection of her husband in jail. It is noteworthy that Dr. Kafeel is lodged in the Mathura jail since February 13 under the National Security Act. Dr. Shabista Khan has written a letter to the judicial and administrative officers of Allahabad HC, Additional Chief Secretary (Home Department), Director General of Prisons, Aligarh and Mathura after meeting Kafeel in jail and alleged that her husband is tortured in jail.
Shabista Khan has expressed his fear of assassination of Dr. Kafeel in jail and demanded his protection. Senior Jail Superintendent Shailendra Kumar of Mathura District Prison said about this, “This may be his own saying. I have no information about this nor have any new orders have been received. As far as giving special protection to the prison inmates is concerned, there is no such provision in the jail manual.”
He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force last month from Mumbai after he made inflammatory statements at the Aligarh Muslim University during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on December 12, 2019. He was on February 14 charged under the National Security Act (NSA).