Crackdown on Separatists: PSA Slapped On Shabbir Shah

SRINAGAR: The state government today invoked Public Safety Act (PSA) against Democratic Freedom Party leader Shabir Ahmad Shah. Shah, who was under detention at Srinagar Central Jail has subsequently been shifted to Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu, family sources said.

Meanwhile, expressing serious concern over deteriorating health of Shabir Ahmad Shah, family members of the Hurriyat leader questioned the motive of authorities behind slapping Public Safety Act (PSA) on him.

“Shah Sahab is undergoing treatment of three doctors at the same time. He needs continuous monitoring by his doctors. I fail to understand how PSA could be slapped against a person who was already under detention”, said Shah’s wife, Dr Bilkees said.

“He was in Srinagar central jail and I fail to understand the logic behind slapping PSA against him”, she lamented. She claimed that Shah was in immediate need of medical treatment and care.  

Geelani Arrested; Mirwaiz, Malik Under Continued House Arrest

Police today detained Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani from his Hyderpora residence. According to Hurriyat sources, the octogenarian leader was detained at Humhama Police Station after his arrest early Friday morning.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberations Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik remained under house detention at their respective residences. According to sources, large contingents of police have been deployed outside their homes to prevent them from slipping out of their residences.

Senior Hurriyat leader Agha Syed Hassan also been kept under house arrest. 

Hurriyat sources said, Agha Syed Hassan was not allowed to lead prayers at Imam Bargah Budgam for 5th consecutive Friday.

Sources close to National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan claimed that the PSA has also been invoked against the leaders, who continues to remain detained at the Srinagar central jail.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front today accused police of having declared war against the Front. “Leaders like Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Sirajudin Mir, Imtiyaz Ahmad Bitta and district president Pulwama Javed Ahmad Bhat have been arrested by police so far.

It said police has continued its raids on the houses of other leaders which include vice chairman JKLF advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Mohammad Yasin Bhat, Bashir Kashmiri, Bashir Ahmad Rather, Irshad Ahmad Dar of Islamabad etc. While DeM Chief, Syeda Asiya Andrabi continues to remain under house arrest, leaders and activists like Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Naeem Ahmad Khan, Ghulam Mohammad Nagoo, Akbar Ayaz, M Rafiq Ganai, Ghulam Rasool Malik, and Fehmida Sofi continue to remain under detention at various jails.

Meanwhile, various separatist organisations like Hurriyat Conference (M), Hurriyat Conference (G) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front have flayed authorities for “inhuman treatment meted out to leaders and activists”.  

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