Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal on Tuesday claimed before a special court that he was “severely tortured” in NIA custody and kept in “solitary confinement” in Tihar Jail without proper food and treatment though he was suffering from stomach ailment.
District Judge I S Mehta directed Tihar Jail authorities to file a report in this matter and provide all facilities to Bhatkal as per rules.
In his application, Bhatkal alleged that he was being treated “worse than an animal” inside the Tihar Jail, where he is presently lodged in judicial custody, and was denied access to fresh air and sunlight.
Advocate M S Khan, appearing for Bhatkal, told the court that his client was not provided proper food and treatment in the jail and was suffering from stomach ailments.
“During the police custody remand of NIA, the applicant has been severely tortured with scientific technology and he has not yet overcome from the shock of torture…,” the plea said.
It further said, “since the day of his (Bhatkal’s) arrest i.e. for about eight months, the applicant has been kept in solitary confinement and has not seen sunlight except during his transportation for the purpose of investigation and production before the court.”
Khan told the judge that now Bhatkal feels dizzy when he is exposed to sunlight and he has not being provided any treatment for his stomach ailment in the jail despite telling the prison authorities about it.
The court, after going through the application, directed the Tihar Jail authorities to file a report in this matter.
“The copy of the same (plea) be sent to Superintendent Central Jail, Tihar for necessary report and in the meanwhile, superintendent Tihar is directed to provide all the facilities to this accused as per rule available to the inmates,” it said and fixed the matter for May 29.
Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar, along with some other suspected IM members, were produced before the court in connection with a case of alleged conspiracy to carry out terror acts in India.