After HC Quashes PSA Order, Journalism Student Gets Bail in Two Cases 

Bandipore—Two weeks after Jammu and Kashmir high court quashed his detention under draconian Public Safety Act, a journalism student from Bandipora was granted bail by a local court here on Monday.

Tahir Hussain Mir, 24, was arrested in September 2016 and was accused of “disrupting law and order and indulging in stone pelting”.

Judicial Magistrate Bandipore granted bail to Tahir in two cases—(FIRs: 84/2016 and 87/2016 under section 307,188,148,149,336,332,353,427 sections of RPC (Ranbir Penal Code)) and ordered his immediate release.

Earlier, the J&K High Court quashed his detention order under PSA and ordered government to release him forthwith from the 'preventive' custody.

Son of a late police constable, Tahir was first lodged in Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu and was shifted to Central Jail Srinagar for his exams on the court orders.

Tahir’s handcuffed photographs went viral on social networking sites some months ago when he was brought to appear for his Ist Semester examinations.

Tahir has 13 FIRs registered against him in Bandipore. He’s also been booked under PSA for his alleged involvement in stone throwing incidents, and for “disturbing law and order” in the district.

Director-General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid had said in May that all the students arrested during the student protests will be released, except for those found involved in serious crimes. “We are releasing all the students and no student will be booked unless found involved in (creating) serious law and order problems,” the DGP had said.

The intervention by State’s education minister Altaf Bukhari also led to release of about 12 students fromSopore town.

The family of Tahir have appealed Education Minister and DG Police to release him on  priority  as he has suffered a lot and have already missed his two semesters of the academic carrier.

The family member’s have apprehension that their ward might be slapped with another PSA before he is released.

However Altaf Bukhari, assured Kashmir Observer that student will be released within next few days and added that Tahir will not be booked under PSA again.

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