Kerala CM writes to Yogi seeking relief for arrested Covid+ journalist

New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday wrote to his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath seeking interim relief for journalist Siddique Kappan.

Kappan who has been incarcerated for more than six months, have recently tested positive for Coivd-19. His wife Raihanat Siddique has alleged that he is ”chained like an animal in a cot of the hospital” and has been denied the right to go to toilet for several days in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura.

In his letter, Vijayan said, ”It has been brought to my attention by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists and some prominent media persons of national repute that Shri Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala presently in custody under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, is facing severe health problems,”

The journalist, who is reported to have diabetes and heart ailments, was admitted to KVM Hospital in Mathura after he contracted the Covid-19 infection. “He is reportedly being kept chained to his bed even when his health condition is precarious,” Vijayan said. “I request your good self to intervene in the matter so that humane treatment is accorded to Kappan.”

“Expert health care necessary for him, may also be seriously considered by shifting him to another super speciality hospital, where modern life saving facilities are ensured,” the Chief Minister added in his letter.

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