People raised pro-Masarat slogans in central Kashmir’s district Budgam at Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s rally. At the rally Mirwaiz condemned Masarat Alam’s arrest under PSA. Thousands of people joined Mirwaiz after Friday prayers.
Having come under sharp criticism for evoking Public Safety Act (PSA) against Hurriyat (G) leader Masarat Alam Bhat, the People’s Democratic Party have come out in defense of the decision saying there is a line for separatists and they shouldn’t cross it. Speaking on the issue senior PDP leader and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar told Mail Today. “Masarat Alam Bhat did something unacceptable and left us without any option. There is ‘lakshman rekha’ for separatists and us as well.” Alam was arrested on April, 17th. He is facing sedition charges for taking part at a rally in Srinagar on April 15 where
Lawyer of jailed Hurriyat (G) leader Masarat Alam, Shabir Ahmed Bhat has alleged that the government is using Public Safety Act as a tactic to keep Alam behind bars. “The government failed to produce any evidences against Masrat Aalam during the trial in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Budgam on Wednesday and the chances were bright that he would be bailed out on Saturday. Keeping this fact in view, the authorities slapped PSA on him and now he can’t get released. Under PSA, any person can be put behind the bars for two years without any trial,” lawyer said.
Photograph by Shahid Tantray Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday has called for a complete shutdown on Saturday against the arrest of Masarat Alam under Public Safety Act (PSA). He also urged people to protests peacefully after Friday prayers tomorrow. According to a statement issued to press this afternoon, Syed Ali Geelani appealed people to hold protest demonstration after Friday prayers, tomorrow and observe a shutdown on Saturday against Masarat’s detention. Alam had been arrested on April, 17th. He is facing sedition charges for taking part at a rally in Srinagar on April 15 where some
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday expressed his dismay on Twitter over the arrest of Hurriyat (G) leader Masarat Alam. Just after the news of Alam’s arrest broke-out, Omar questioned PDP’s change of attitude. He also took a dig at PDP-BJP government’s new recruitment policy, that has already come under sharp criticism. He tweeted: “Masarat Alam detained under PSA & shipped to Jammu; new recruits to be paid stipend for years together & @jkpdp promised voters a CHANGE???” In a following tweet he labeled, PDP-BJP Govt as “a change for the worse”. Alam, who was released
Jammu and Kashmir Government on Monday said that the cases of Public Safety Act detainees are regularly reviewed as per the provisions of the PSA ACT 1978. The written reply from the Jammu and Kashmir Home Minister reveals that 2364 persons are languishing in different jails and sub jails. It said that only 12 persons have been lodged in outside state jails. Out of 2364 prisoners, according to Ministry for Home 354 are convicts while the number of under trials stands at 1934. The government has further revealed that, out of 76 persons detained under Public Safety Act, 51 among
By News Desk | Srinagar Terming the claims of the Jammu and Kashmir government that no minor is in police lock up and no Public Safety Act (PSA) has been slapped on any teenager as white lie the Hazratbal family Wednesday claimed that their 16-year-old son has been booked under PSA by the authorities. The copies of date of birth and Public Safety order lying with the news agency (CNS) clearly shows that the government has slapped PSA on a minor identified as Aasif Majeed Shaksaz son of Abdul Majeed Skaksaz resident of Yatoo Mohalla Hazratbal. The school record shows
This is the statement issued by the Amnesty International. Amnesty International reiterates its call on the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to end the persistent practice of administrative detentions in the state, and repeal the Public Safety Act, 1978 (PSA). A legal team, deputed by Amnesty International to review progress since its March 2011 report on detentions under the PSA,(1) has found no evidence that an amendment to the PSA of 5 April 2012,(2) will bring J&K detention practices fully in line with India’s human rights obligations under international law. Hundreds of persons suspected of involvement in protests, including
A graffiti on a wall in JNU by Democratic Students Union. In the summer of 2008, I got a phone call from my cousin who lives in Delhi. He told me about my selection in Jawaharlal Nehru University. After two weeks of dilemma, I finally decided to join the university in a language course. It took me a while to come to terms with my decision as my first choice was not Language but Engineering. I believe half of Kashmiri youth opt for Engineering after senior secondary school. Every relative who got to know about my selection suggested me to
On Tuesday, police brought some handcuffed children to the city court, arrested for their alleged involvement in throwing stones. A website quoted one of the boys, saying, “We were severely beaten in the police station and all we heard from policemen were just abuses.” Below are some of those moments, which show the helplessness and ordeal of the arrested children, frozen by a photojournalist, Shahid Tantray. Handcuffed!