SRINAGAR The chairperson of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to a jail in Jammu.
Malik was arrested on February 22 and kept at the Kothibagh police station in Srinagar. However, he was informed by police on Wednesday evening that he is being shifted to Jammus Kotbalwal jail, JKLFs spokesperson said.
We condemn this arbitrary arrest and use of PSA against a political leader, the spokesperson said.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, another important leader of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), also criticised the government action on Malik.
Strongly condemn slapping of draconian PSA and shifting to #KotBalwalJail Jammu of #YasinMalik & others by the authorities. These illegal & undemocratic tactics will not stop people & leadership from demanding peaceful resolution of #Kashmir Dispute in accordance with peoples will, the Mirwaiz tweeted.
A strike was observed in Maisuma and adjoining areas after people came to know that Malik was being shifted to Kotbalwal jail.
Hundreds of separatists leaders and workers, especially those belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami, have been arrested from different parts of the Valley since last two weeks. The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) imposed a ban on the J-K chapter of the Jamaat-e-Islami last Thursday for allegedly indulging in activities prejudicial to internal security and public order.
He strongly condemned the arbitrary arrest and use of PSA against the party chief, terming it as a glaring display of frustration of Indian rulers and their abettors in Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, a 50-year-old Ghulam Nabi Bhat who was arrested some 10 days ago from his house at Larkipora in Dooru, Anantnag was also booked under PSA, another official said.
Several cases were registered against Bhat for creating law and order problem and as such he was booked under PSA vide number DM/ PSA/ 74, he said.
On Thursday morning, Bhat according to the official was shifted to Hiranagar jail in Kathua.
In yet another incident, a Srinagar youth who was arrested last month was also booked under PSA, the official said.
He said Shahbaz Farooq son of Farooq Ahmad of Eidgah, Srinagar, an OGW, has been booked under PSA vide number DM/ PSA/40 and shifted to Jammu jail on Thursday.