Masrat’s Judicial Remand Extended Till 30 Oct

SRINAGAR — The Additional District and Session Judge Srinagar Tuesday extended  judicial remand of incarcerated Muslim League chairman, Masarat Aalam Bhat, in the case that was lodged against him in 2015 for his pro-freedom activities.

The Court heard the arguments and the judge fixed the next hearing of the case on 30 October. Masrat was brought from Kot Bhalwal prison Jammu to Srinagar for the hearing. 

After hearing, Masrat was taken back to Kot Bhalwal jail. ML spokesman Sajad Ayobi said, “State and Central government have set new policies and methods for Masrat’s continuous imprisonment under baseless cases which is a worst kind of human rights violation and highly condemnable.”
“The government is deliberately doing it under a plan so that he is not released by the court. Prolonging the illegal detention of Masarat expresses their frustration,” he said, adding that the “policy adopted by the government through which Masarat is being moved from one police station to another cannot break his will and courage.”
He said government, “instead of honoring court orders are ignoring all norms and rules.” “Alam is being subjected to political vendetta.”
Sajad said that Masrat’s PSA has been quashed by judiciary and even 36-th PSA is about to complete, but despite that “he has been implicated in fictitious cases and is languishing in jail which is worst form of human rights violation.” 

He said Masrat  was 19-years-old when he was arrested first time and was lodged in jail for three years and after his release he was arrested again in 1997 and was booked under PSA for four years. Later in 2006  the separatist leader was arrested again and again faced the arrest in 2008. 

“Since then Masarat is being moved from one police station to another, it cannot break his will and courage,” he added.

League spokesman appealed the rights bodies including Bar Association Kashmir, Amnesty International, Red Cross and Human Rights Watch to take the note of “worst political revenge against Masrat and illegal detention by the government” and asked them to play their role. 

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