Relatives of accused Bhima Koregaon call for better medical care in prison

“Prisoners have the inalienable right to health care”: a relative of Bhima Koregaon accused

Furthermore, the statement from a relative of defendant Bhima Koregaon points out that another defendant in the case, Gautam Navlakha “is also being denied proper examinations for his dental treatment, allergy attacks and skin rashes. and “more worryingly, Navlakha who is supposed to have a colonoscopy every two years, has not been mistaken for the same despite being at high risk for stomach cancer…”

“He was also denied his medical records despite a court order,” the letter adds.

Lamenting the death of co-defendant, Father Stan Swamy, as well as the recent death of Pandu Narote (a convict in another UAPA case), the statement reads:

“International treaties and prison manuals in India are clear that prisoners have the inalienable right to health care, including the right not to contract diseases in prison. However, prison overcrowding in India, mainly due to the high number of on trial, has led prisons to become dangerous to the life and health of its inmates.Furthermore, we see prison authorities behaving with impunity by refusing to provide treatment in time, leading to serious complications in many sick prisoners, and often even death.”

The signatories also express concern over the deteriorating condition of Dr. GN Saibaba and the disturbing case of Atiqur Rahman – convicted and accused (respectively) in different UAPA cases, who are suffering from a steady decline in their health and require specialized attention.

They point out that “it was only very recently that seven human rights organisations, including Amnesty, issued a statement on the deteriorating condition of Dr GN Saibaba, who suffers from multiple ailments such as heart disease, a brain cyst, respiratory problems and high blood pressure, most of which require specialist attention, which is not provided by prison authorities.”