HC judge emails order to help mental patients

In perhaps a first of its kind order, a Kerala high court judge, who is away in Chandigarh, on Thursday sent an email order with a direction to all concerned officials, Southern Railways, Railway protection force and police to provide adequate facilities to eight mentally ill patients from Uttar Pradesh who will be taken to Bareilly on May 11. Kochi corporation secretary has been directed to depute two persons — a psychiatric social worker and a female attendant acquainted with the inmates, who were earlier residing at the Palluruthy relief settlement here and Thrissur mental health centre. Health secretary and secretary family welfare department should take all necessary steps for releasing funds for the mentally ill persons from Uttar Pradesh and those accompanying them to Bareilly. The order prepared by Just-ice Thothathil Radhakri-shnan, who is in Chand-igarh, was sent by email to registrar general of the high court.

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Omar offers apology to prisoner kin
Srinagar, May 9: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah offered “sincere apology” to the family of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, who succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Chandigarh on Thursday.
“Although it’s a scant consolation, I’d like to offer a sincere apology to the family of Sanaullah and my sympathies for their loss,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
52-year-old Sanaullah, who was serving life sentence at Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu, was grievously injured in an attack by an inmate on last Friday. He died this morning at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh.
The assault came a day after the death of an Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who was brutally attacked by fellow inmates in a Pakistani jail.
The state government has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
“While the inquiry will fix responsibility for any dereliction of duty, the fact that this happened at all is a matter of great regret,” Omar said. — PTI

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