Malik shifted to hospital in critical condition

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Srinagar, Aug 7 (UNI) Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yaseen Malik, who was on fast unto death since August 5 morning was shifted to a hospital by police in a critical condition.

Dr Ghulam Qadir Allaqband, who examined Mr Malik again this morning, declared his condition very critical.

Police physically lifted and put him in a vehicle after he refused to break his fast unto death, started to protest attack on Muslim and Kashmiri drivers in Jammu.

Mr Malik was later admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura.

A JKLF spokesman said Mr Malik, looked very weak as he refused to break his fast though he was a heart patient and had kidney ailment.

He said police forcibly lifted Mr Malik and admitted him in the hospital.

Later, supporters of Mr Malik took to streets and raised slogans against government and '' communal parties'' of Jammu.

Raising pro freedom slogans, the processionists marched through different streets before dispersing peacefully.

A large number of people, mostly women, staged a dharna at Maisuma, where Mr Malik was on fast.

Last night Dr Allaqband and Dr Zafar Mehdi who examined Mr Malik said his blood pressure has also come down to 90 by 60.

They advised Mr Malik to end his fast as his condition was critical after he refused to take medicines and fluid.

Dr Allaqband and Dr Mehdi said if Mr Malik refused to end his fast, the government should immediately intervene and arrest him before it is too late.

They said he should be shifted to hospital and given proper medical treatment immediately.

The doctors also said the government should accept the genuine demands of Mr Malik.

Mr Malik was on fast against alleged attacks on the Muslims, Kashmiri drivers and others in Jammu.

Mr Malik had alleged that authorities and other law enforcing agencies, including Army had failed to take action against the those responsible for attack on the Muslims in Jammu.

Mr Malik said excessive force was being used against peaceful demonstrators in Kashmir, while the security forces remained a mute spectator, when propprty of Muslims were being torched by the communal elements in Jammu.

He alleged that the curfew restrictions were not being imposed in Jammu and violators of law had been given a free hand to attack Kashmir-bound vehicles and Muslims in Jammu region.

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