Court quashes PSA detention of South Kashmir youth


Srinagar:   The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Monday quashed the detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) of a Shopian youth Zubair Ahmed Turray against whom PSA had been slapped for his alleged involvement in anti-India activities.

The court ordered release of 25 years old youth Zubair Turray, a resident of Bongam Shopian who was lodged at the Udhampur jail in Jammu since November last year.

Justice Muzafar Hussain Athar, who had earlier reserved order on the petition filed by Zubair’s counsel, Advocate Bashir Ahmed Tak quashed the PSA detention and ordered his immediate release.

The PSA empowers a District Magistrate to take anyone in his district into preventive custody for up to two years without trial if he feels the person poses a threat to ‘security’ in the state.

The charge sheet filed by police against the accused youth mentions that Zubair Ahmed Turray son of Bashir Ahmed had been instrumental in inciting violence during Aasiya Nelofar murder case, Amarnath Land Row and 2010 agitation. Police had claimed that that had arrested the accused multiple times since 2008 and he is a staunch supporter of separatist movement in Kashmir.

Police had arrested Zubair in November last year under FIR number 255/2015 under section 13 of Unlawful Act. Shortly after his arrest, he was shifted to Udhampur Jail under Public Safety Act. (CNS)


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