According to jail officials, terrorist Yasin Malik, the leader of the outlawed Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, started a hunger strike in the Tihar Jail on July 22 and halted it after learning that his complaints had been sent to higher-ups, broke his fast.
Yasin Malik claimed that his case was not being adequately probed while he was being held in cell number 7 of the Tihar prison.
According to the authorities, Sandeep Goel, the director general of prisons, asked Malik to postpone his hunger strike for two months.
Malik was returned to custody on July 29 after being hospitalized at the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital on July 26.
Malik, detained immediately after the JKLF was outlawed in 2019, was found guilty by an NIA court on May 19 of charges related to supporting terrorism. On May 25, he received a life sentence.
In addition to Malik’s sentence, the NIA court fined him Rs. 10 lakh.
About her abduction by JKLF terrorists on December 8, 1989, Rubaiya Sayeed, the sister of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti and the granddaughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, identified Malik on July 15 of this year.
On December 8, 1989, Rubaiya was kidnapped in Srinagar. She was rescued from captivity on December 13, five days later, when the then-central government of V P Singh exchanged the release of five terrorists. Malik is one of several people implicated in this case.
In addition to the Rubaiya Sayeed kidnapping case, Malik is also accused of killing four Indian Air Force (IAF) officers in Srinagar in January 1990.