Court quashes detention of South Kashmir under PSA

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Wednesday quashed detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) of a South Kashmir youth Irshad Ahmed Mir against whom PSA had been slapped for his alleged involvement in “anti-India activities”.

The court ordered release of 23 years old youth Irshad Ahmed Mir son of Abdul Rehman, a resident of Brakpora Anantnag who was lodged at the Mattan jail in the district since November last year.

Justice Muzafar Hussain Attar, who had earlier reserved order on the petition filed by Mir’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 Irshad Ahmed Mir had been instrumental in inciting violence and persuading youth to pelt stones on the security establishment.

   Police had arrested Mir in November last year under FIR number 349/2015 under section 13 of Unlawful Act 120B RPC. Shortly after his arrest, he was shifted to Mattan Jail under Public Safety Act. (CNS)

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