Abdullah Azam, son of Uttar Pradesh politician Azam Khan, told NDTV on Tuesday that his father had been kept in critical condition and even his medical needs had not been properly cared for.
“Nine days after my father was cowardly, they took him to a hospital. He almost died in prison. My father is a nine-time MLA and two-time MP. He is being held in a C-class prison, with eight prisoners. Mr. Azam said.
Abdullah Azam, 31, was released from Sitapur jail in Uttar Pradesh late Saturday night after being arrested in 43 cases. Her father is a prisoner there.
“There are cases of buffalo-stealing, goat-stealing, chicken-stealing, book-stealing against us. I will not say more as the matter is in court. But for our family I have been in jail for two years. My mother was in jail for 10 months, my father for two years “I have been in jail for a long time. I have been accused of forging documents. I have not done anything like that. I expect justice from the Supreme Court,” he said.
The leader of the opposition Samajwadi Party, who is expected to contest the Uttar Pradesh elections starting next month, has reiterated his commitment to former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
“We are with Akhilesh Yadav. Wherever the party tells me, I will contest from there.”
Mr Azam also added a critique for Hyderabad-based politician Asaduddin Waisi, whose party AIMIM is seen as a bit of a headache for the Samajwadi Party as it could split the Muslim vote in the state. He said, “Mr. Waisi said something, did something else. We should not do his job to defeat us.”