26 More ‘Militant Sympathizers’ Sent To Agra Jail

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Srinagar: At least 26 youth booked under the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA) on charges of being militant sympathizers', have been shifted to high-security Agra Jail in Uttar Pradesh.

According to the reports, six among the detainees are from Srinagar, five each from Bandipora and Pulwama, four from Budgam, three from Baramulla, two from Shopian and one from Anantnag district in the Valley. The detenues were lodged in different jails across the Union Territory after being arrested in wake of a series of killings in the Valley.

The detenues were transferred to Agra Jail after the Home Department issued an order PB-V/906 of 2021 on Thursday.

“In exercise of the powers conferred under section 10-B of the Jammu and
Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978, the government hereby directs to remove/shift the 26 detainees who have been detained under the provision of Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978 from their present places of lodgment to central jail Agra, Uttar Pradesh with immediate effect,” reads the order.

However, no reasons have been assigned over the shifting of the detainees to outside jails.

An official told a local news agency KDC: “26 militant associates in the category of over ground workers and those providing logistical support are being taken to outside UT on Air force IL-76 plane.”

Pertinently, the transfer of the 26 detenues to the outside jail comes two days after 22 youth booked under the PSA and shifted to Agra Jail.

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