Srinagar: The PDP-BJP government continues to invoke infamous Public Safety Act (PSA) to quell the ongoing protest marches across Kashmir. Reliable sources said that from past two months over 200 people mostly students have been booked under this law and shifted to different Jammu jails.
A group of people from Hajin area of Bandipora district told news agency CNS that a few days back at least 7 youth were first picked up by police during nocturnal raids and subsequently all were booked under PSA and shifted to Kathua jail. They identified these youth Mubarak Ahmed Koul son of Ghulam Muhammad of Baharabad, Tariq Ahmed Lone son of Abdul Majid a resident of Vijpara, Tajamul Ahmed Mir son of Ghulam Rasool, Bilal Ahmed Dar son of Ghulam Mohiuddin both residents of SK Bala, Gulzar Ahmed Rather son of Muhammad Ramzan of Khomina and Imtiyaz Ahmed Malik son of Abdul Satar a resident of Panzinara Sumbal.
The locals claimed that these youth were booked under draconian PSA for participating in pro-freedom marches while none of them ever indulged in stone-pelting, a charge refuted by police.
From Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district besides the father of two sons, a labourer and a tailor were arrested and booked under PSA. They have been identified as Nazir Ahmed Ganaie son of Ghulam Rasoo of Fathepora, Hilal Ahmed Bhat son of Abdul Rahim of Tulmula and Javaid Ahmed Khan son of Abdul Majeed a resident of Bhadargund.
The infamous PSA once again came to lime light and was criticized by the world bodies including Amnesty International after the arrest of Human Rights activist Parvez Khurram who presently has been lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail under this Act.
Pertinently, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in her speech in Assembly during budget session had said that some acts like PSA, AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act 1997 require critical review of the security situation and other relevant factors. (CNS)