Govt Imposing Draconian PSA Wholesale

SRINAGAR: With protests in Kashmir having entered its 104th day on Thursday, the Jammu and Kashmir government has arrested several youth under the Public Safety Act (PSA) that provides jail for up to six months, without a court trial, on charges of being a threat to the state security.

Under the act, an individual can be detained for a maximum of two years without a court order.

According to the figures quoted by a national daily, police submitted dossiers under the PSA against 563 people since the protests started on July 8 and had warrants issued against 487 out of which at least 434 have been detained.

According to sources, forty seven dossiers were rejected mostly with doubts on whether the ages of the suspects were above 18.

Other rejected dossiers were of Mudasir Yasin Shah, a revenue official in Bandipore accused of inciting protests; Firdous Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Jablipora Bijbehara suspected of involvement in stone-pelting; and, Bashir Ahmad Shah, a teacher from Papchan village in Bandipore accused of similar charges.

The arrest of rights activist Khurram Parvez on September 15 night, was the most eminent detention under the PSA act till now. The activist was charged for ‘instigating and advocating disgruntled elements to resort to illegal activities.’

The youngest detainee to be arrested during the on-going unrest in the valley was of the Class 9 dropout Tanveer Bhat (17), who was arrested on August 21 and later shifted Kathua jail in Jammu.

Given the numbers and the intensity of the crackdown, many are calling it the biggest in the state's volatile history.

Sources put the total number of arrests in the state anywhere between 5,000-7,000 in the last three months.

The infamous PSA once again came to lime light and was criticized by the world bodies including Amnesty International after the arrest of Human Rights activist Khurram Parvez who presently has been lodged in KotBhalwal jail under this Act.

Pertinently, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in her speech in Assembly during budget session had said that some acts like PSA, AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act 1997 require critical review of the security situation and other relevant factors.


Police Using Ladders To Barge Into Houses During Night Raids

Srinagar: During the nocturnal raids conducted by the J&K Police and CRPF personnel, residents have alleged that the forces using ladders to barge into the houses.

According to a Chattabal resident, police and CRPF men raided the area around 12:30 midnight and used ladders to enter the houses. “The forces had brought ladders similar to what firefighters use with them to force their entry into the houses,” he said.

Following the hue and cry, the locals said, announcements were made in Masjids asking people to come out of their homes. “Slogans were raised and people were asked to come out of their homes to resent the illegal arrests.”

The police, however, went ahead with the arrests. At least seven persons were arrested.

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