183 People Under PSA Detention in Kashmir Since Aug 2019

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New Delhi: The government said on Wednesday that 183 people in Jammu and Kashmir continue to remain detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) while no one is under house arrest.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told Parliament on Wednesday that various measures were taken in the interest of security and public order which included preventive detention of certain persons.

“Since August 1, 2019, 613 persons including separatists, overground workers, stone pelters, etc. were detained at various points of time. Out of these, based on regular review and ground situation, 430 persons have been released till date, he said in a written reply to a question.

The minister also said that the Jammu and Kashmir administration has further reported that no person is under house arrest in the UT.

In March last year, the government had informed Lok Sabha that a total of 451 people were under detention in J&K, including 396 under Public Safety Act.

The authorities took 7,357 persons in preventive custody since August 2019 when the special status of the erstwhile state was abrogated and it was divided into two Union Territories—J&K and Ladakh, the minister had said on 11 March 2020.

The minister had said the detentions were made under section 107 of the CrPC, as also under the J&K Public Safety Act, 1978.

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