Bandipora minor booked under PSA, lodged in Kot Balwal

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Government has slapped Public Safety Act on a 13-year-old boy from North Kashmir’s Bandipora district for “being threat to the security and sovereignty of the State.”

The Class 7th student Tajamul Rasool Mir son of Ghulam Rasool Mir a resident of SK Bala Hajin area of Bandipora district was arrested by police on charges of stone pelting.

Subsequently, the District Magistrate Bandipora vide order number 35/DMB/PSA/2016 detained him under PSA and shifted to Kot Balwal Jail jammu after going through the material produced by the Superintendent of Police (Bandipora) against Tajamul Rasool.

Though family members and school date of birth certificate mentions Tajamul’s age as 13 years, the detention order is silent about it. Tajamul is a student of Government High School SK Bala Hajin.

According to the order, Towseef has been detained under PSA for “hijacking the sentiments of the locals and exploiting the youth for instigating violence.”

“You are instrumental in challenging the sovereignty and integrity of the State and you are a threat to public order and on several Friday’s you not only provoked people for stone-pelting but also you had intention to kill the security personnel. You were instrumental in enforcing Separatist sponsored shutdown in the area,” the order reads. “You have destructive mind and were arranging public gatherings and staging demonstrations against the state government. Two FIR’s vide numbers 58 and 58 of 2016 under section 148,149,336,307,353, 332,152 stands registered against you.”

The detaining authority has accused Tajamul a big threat to peace and public order saying the ordinary law would not be sufficient to curb his activities.

“In order to curb your activities, your detention under the PSA becomes imperative. It is prudent and legally desirable to detain you under section 8 (3-b) of the Act so that you are restrained from further indulging in anti-social activities.”

On the basis of dossier from SP Bandipora, the detaining authority said: “I am satisfied to detain him under PSA.” The family members told news agency CNS that Tajamul has been lodged at Kot Balwal Jail Jammu.

His family members have filed a writ petition through Advocate Nasir Qadri before the High Court seeking quashment of the detention.

Tajamul’s counsel Nasir Qadri questioned the detaining authority on the grounds prepared against the minor.

He said the detaining authorities were spoiling the career of the students by lodging them with hardcore criminals and booking them under harsh Acts. (CNS)

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