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India-controlled Kashmir/India: High Court quashes PSA detention of advocate Babar

November 18, 2016

High Court quashes PSA detention of advocate Babar

A bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar while quashing detention order against the detainee issued by District Magistrate Doda, directed the government to release Babar forthwith from preventive detention.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has quashed detention of Advocate Hassan Babar, a leader of Anjuman-e-Islamia and a human rights activist of Jammu’s Doda district. Babar was arrested by police and was booked under Public Safety Act on August 14 this year.

A bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar while quashing detention order against the detainee issued by District Magistrate Doda, directed the government to release Babar forthwith from preventive detention.

In the detention order, District Magistrate Doda had directed Babar’s detention in Central Jail, Kote Bhalwal Jammu for the period determined by the advisory board. The detainee’s wife had approached the court, challenging the detention order.


India-controlled Kashmir: JKLF condemns arrest spree

October 1, 2016

JKLF condemns arrest spree

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has condemned the ongoing spree of arrests and booking political activists under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Terming the spree of arrests, nocturnal raids, as “clear sign of frustration and undemocratic attitude” of state government, spokesman of the JKLF, in a statement today, said, “Police arrested JKLF vice-president for district Kulgam Assadullah Sheikh at Ramban when he was travelling along with his fruit vehicle towards Jammu.”  “He was brought to police station Devsar and immediately booked under PSA and shifted to Kuthwa jail. Truck laden with fruit has also been seized and kept at same police station. It can cause damage to the fruit. Kulgam police has also arrested and detained the organizer of a religious organization Moulana Arshid Qadri,” the statement said.

“Ailing chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik is languishing in jail from July 8, and after his arrest he has been kept in solitary confinement. Similarly JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal and JKLF activists, Fayaz Ahmad Mir from Ganderbal and Shabir Ahmad Ganaie of Kakapora Pulwama, Mushtaq ahmad Mir of Kupwara, and Assadullah Sheikh after being booked under PSA have been shifted to Jammu. The JKLF vice chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt along with zonal vice president Muhammad Yasin Butt and senior member Muhammad Amin Magloo are lodged at Rajbagh police station,” he said.


India-controlled Kashmir: Kashmir unrest: Arrests of Khurram Parvez et al show state’s misuse of Public Safety Act

September 26, 2016

Representational image. PTI

The Jammu and Kashmir government has made a series of arrests under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) to quell the ongoing protests in the valley and those, who have been detained without trail, include a psychiatric patient, an aid worker, and a human rights activist.

According to sources, more than 250 people, including separatist leaders and stone pelters, have been detained under what Amnesty International termed a “lawless law”, under which a person can be detained without a trial for at least six months.

Towards the end of August, Hassan Babar Nehru, head of the NGO Ababeel and a lawyer based in the mountains region of Doda in Jammu, was arrested and booked under the PSA. A fierce critic of present the state administration he had, according to his colleague, “exposed” lapses of the district administration by protesting outside Deputy Commissioners office against non-implementation of decisions taken for welfare of the people of the district. “It is an act of vengeance of the administration, nothing else,” Syed Asim Hashmi, president, Doda Bar Association, toldFirstpost.

Those who know Nehru, describe him as a passionate aid worker who slept in a truck for five days during the relief carried out in the initial days of 2014 floods in Kashmir. And most recently, he had been involved in evacuating victims of traffic accidents, Doda had the highest rate of road accidents in entire Jammu and Kashmir.