Activist Vernon Gonsalves, accused in the case of links between Elgar Parishad and the Maoists, was under constant medical treatment in prison once his poor health was revealed and before he was diagnosed with dengue fever and admitted to a government hospital, prison officials told a special NIA tribunal. here Monday.
The activist (65), who was in police custody and incarcerated in Taloja Prison in neighboring Navi Mumbai, was admitted to JJ Government Hospital on September 8, where he is undergoing treatment for dengue .
At the last hearing, Gonsalves’ lawyer and his family members alleged that prison authorities were slow to provide medical treatment to the activist and that he should have been admitted to hospital in central Mumbai. a long time ago.
Lawyer Larsen Furtardo had filed a sworn statement before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court, saying he had taken a “legal interview” with some of the activist’s co-defendants at the inside the prison on September 7.
During the interview, the co-defendant said Gonsalves’ condition was visibly deteriorating and that he was only receiving paracetamol and antibiotic tablets, according to the affidavit.
The special court then asked the director of Taloja prison to submit a report. Accordingly, the Director submitted the report, through Special Prosecutor (SPP) Prakash Shetty, on Monday.
The SPP told the court that continued medical treatment was given to Gonsalves once prison authorities became aware of his condition.
The prison warden, in his report, gave a timeline of developments related to the activist.
The prison hospital was not informed of Gonsalves’ poor health until August 31, according to the report.
Two days later, the defendant attended the prison hospital with complaints of fever and headache and was given medication, the superintendent said.
On September 3, the prison doctor visited Gonsalves in his barracks and gave him the necessary medication. The next day, the chief medical officer visited him again and this time gave him an injection, the report said.
On September 5, as his fever was not decreasing, a rapid malaria test was carried out, which came back negative. He was asked to be admitted to the prison hospital, but he refused, he added.
Further, in his report, the superintendent of the prison stated on September 6 that the accused’s blood sample had been taken and that he had also been examined by a physician (Doctor of Medicine or MD) from a hospital in the nearby town of Panvel.
Based on the advice of the visiting doctor and after further discussion with the prison’s chief medical officer, guards were called and Gonsalves was taken to JJ Hospital in central Mumbai.
He was returned to JJ Hospital Jail after being treated. A day later (September 7), his blood test report was received and the activist was diagnosed with dengue, but the accused could not be transferred to hospital as the guards were not available to escort him due to the Ganpati festival, the superintendent said.
Finally, on September 8, Gonsalves was admitted to the public hospital where he is still undergoing treatment for the mosquito-borne disease, according to the report.
Prison authorities also told the court that a report on Gonsalves’ condition had been requested from JJ Hospital, but as September 10 and 11 were public holidays, it has not yet been received.
The defendant’s medical report will be presented to the court as it is made available by the hospital, they said.
Meanwhile, the special court on Monday allowed Gonsalves’ wife, Susan Abraham, and her brother to meet him daily at the hospital for 30 minutes.
The activist’s plea for temporary bail on medical grounds is due to be heard in court on Tuesday.
The case concerns alleged inflammatory speeches made during the ‘Elgar Parishad’ conclave, held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017, which police say sparked violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial located in the western outskirts of Maharashtra. city, located about 200 km from Mumbai.
One person was killed and several others were injured in the violence.
The case, in which more than a dozen activists and academics have been named as defendants, was first investigated by Pune police and later taken up by the NIA.
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