Ex-Hurriyat chief Geelani may have cancer: Doctors
17 January 2003
News Network International
RANCHI: Doctors attending former All-Party Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani have suggested that he be sent to New Delhi for a check-up as they suspect he might be suffering from cancer. After reportedly finding a mass in his left kidney, doctors have recommended that Geelani be taken to New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Geelani, 72, was booked under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) last year and has been held in a jail here since June. He was taken to a hospital here on Thursday. 'The doctors attending Geelani have referred him to AIIMS for treatment,' said S P Singh, the hospital administrator. A New Delhi-based Hurriyat spokesman, however, could not confirm whether Geelani was suffering from cancer. 'We don't have any information on his medical condition. No one has met Geelani for almost a month,' the spokesman told IANS. Authorities in the jail where Geelani is being held are reportedly in a fix because they need permission from the central government to shift the Hurriyat leader to New Delhi for treatment.