Nowhatta youth booked under PSA

Srinagar: A youth from Shaher-e-Khaas was booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) on Saturday and shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail.

The youth booked under the act were identified as Dawood Fayaz Zargar S/o Fayaz Ahmad of Nowhatta.

The family members of detainee told KNS that police detained him at Srinagar Airport on October 31. “He was scheduled to catch a flight for Delhi. He is final year student and was going Delhi for educational purposes,” they said.

They added that police first said that they need to question him on certain matters and would be released shortly.

“This morning, the police informed us on phone that he was being shifted to Kot Bhalwal and we can visit police station to meet him before he is shifted,” they said.

They claimed that detainee is a student and was never the part of any protest or stone pelting. “Police have framed false allegations against him and prepared a dossier to book him under draconian law,” they added.

At least five civilians have been booked on an average every day in J&K under the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA) in the past 100 days of unrest.

In what human rights groups have termed as “rampant” and “arbitrary” use of PSA, the law that allows detention without charge or trial for upto two years, nearly 500 civilians and activists of pro-freedom groups have been booked under the law in the past 100 days.

Post uprising on July 8, authorities are slapping PSA on cadres of pro-freedom groups and those at forefront of the ongoing uprising in a bid due to subdue the pan-Kashmir protests.

Official sources disclosed while 494 detention orders have been passed by DCs in 10 districts of Kashmir, the number of similar detention orders is five in Chenab Valley that also witnessed massive pro-freedom protests. (KNS)

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