Jailed Kashmiri Woman in Delhi Tests Covid-19 Positive


New Delhi- A Kashmiri woman, who was arrested earlier this year has tested positive for COVID-19 while in the custody of National Investigation Agency(NIA).

The judge directed the NIA to admit woman to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital with immediate effect.

The court sent her husband Jahanzaib Sami and another accused Abdul Basith to judicial custody in the case after the agency did not seek their further remand.

Her lawyer advocate M S Khan has filed an application seeking interim bail for two months for her, saying “Delhi is struggling to cope up with the rising number of coronavirus positive cases” and that there is “lack of proper treatment facilities in government hospitals”.

The accused were arrested for allegedly promoting the Islamic State’s ideology and instigating protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the agency had alleged.

The COVID-19 tests of accused persons were conducted on June 6 on the directions of the court, while their 10-day custodial interrogation ended on Sunday.

“The report of COVID-19 test of accused persons namely Jahanzaib Sami and Mohammad Abdullah Basith is negative but report of woman is found positive,” the NIA informed the court.

In the bail application, which is likely to come up for hearing in the coming days, advocate Khan said, “Delhi is struggling to cope up with the rising number of corona positive cases that have gone up to 27,000 as of now and due to lack of proper treatment facilities in government hospitals, which has also been highlighted in the media, the Delhi government has been compelled to issue a list of 56 private hospitals for corona treatment.”

The three accused, allegedly having links with Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), were arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police in March and later sent to judicial custody on March 23.

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