Malik, chief of the banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), has been on an indefinite hunger strike since July 22 morning after the Centre did not entertain his plea to physically appear in a Jammu court hearing the Rubaiya Sayeed abduction case, in which he is an accused.
Malik has been kept in solitary confinement in a high-risk cell in Tihar’s prison number 7, which has earlier housed several high-profile criminals.
The Kashmir separatist leader was arrested in early 2019 in connection with the 2017 terror funding case registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). On May 25 this year, Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment in the terror funding case. While pronouncing the verdict, Special Judge Praveen Singh also awarded varying jail terms for several offences under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to the JKLF chief including two life sentences. All the sentences are running concurrently.
(With agency inputs)