Alam Sent on 15-day Judicial Remand

SRINAGAR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Secretary General (III) and Muslim League chief, Masarat Alam Bhat, was sent on 15 days judicial remand by a local court in north Kashmir in a case registered in a police station in 2015.

Alam, brain behind the 2010 mass civilian uprising in the Kashmir valley during which more than 120 people, mostly youths, were killed in security forces and police action, was re-arrested last month after his detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) was quashed by a court. He has been arrested in connection with a case registered in Sumbal police station in 2015.

He has again been lodged in district jail, Baramulla, a spokesperson of the Muslim League (ML) said Wednesday evening.

Alam was arrested during 2008 Amarnath land row agitation under PSA and released after two years. However, he was arrested again in 2010 when he was issuing weekly protest calendars.

Later, he was released immediately after Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government headed by then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed assumed office in March 2015. However, after sharp reaction by opposition and right wing BJP members besides saffron parties, Alam was again arrested under PSA and sent to Jammu jail.

However, he is being re-arrested each time court quashed his detention under PSA since 2015.

Meanwhile, Muslim League termed “this act as political Vengeance”.

According to the Muslim League legal secretary, Shah Riyaz, on Wednesday Masarat Alam was presented before court in Sumbal, where the judge sent him on 15 days judicial remand, in a case lodged in police station Sumbal FIR no 53/2015.

Shah said government is lodging Masrat in “forge case and keeping him behind the bars continuously”.

He added that soon after the court order, Masarat was again shifted to district jail Baramulla.

He said that after 2008, Alam was released in 2010 and soon after in September he was rearrested and after five years in March 2015 he was released but after 40 days he was against arrested.

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