Srinagar, November 02: Over 500 people, including a 7th class student Tajamul Rasool Mir, have been booked under black law, Public Safety Act (PSA), during the ongoing mass uprising in the territory.
520 people have been booked under draconian PSA during the last 116 days in the Kashmir Valley. They have been charged on playing a leading role in the ongoing movement, the official data said.
As per the data, the highest number of PSAs have been executed in district Baramulla (125) followed by Pulwama (79), Islamabad (59), Srinagar (56), Bandipora (46), Kupwara (44), Shopian (36), Kulgam (29), Budgam (27) and Ganderbal (19).
Among those who have been booked under the PSA are leaders and activists of political and religious organizations, students, employees, human rights defenders and few leaders of trade bodies.
Advocate Shafkat Hussain, who has pleaded most of the PSA cases from the last 25 years, told media men that the draconian law has been misused arbitrarily by the puppet administration. “Whether it is NC or the PDP, they all have been using the draconian law to suppress the voices of the people,” he said.
The draconian law allows arrests and imprisonment of a person without trial for up two years. The detainees can be kept in jail for whatever time the puppet administration desires by repeating the PSA order. The human rights group, Amnesty International, has termed the PSA as a lawless law and has advocated for its scrapping.
Meanwhile, the authorities have slapped the PSA on twelve members of leading religio-political organization, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) while as more than 40 permanent JI members have been arrested during the last 116 days.
Baramulla jail inmates on hunger strike
Demand probe in Tuesday’s incident
Day after several prisoners including some police personnel were injured during clashes between police and jail inmates inside Baramulla district jail, the jail inmates went on a hunger strike, demanding impartial probe in the matter.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that a scuffle had occurred in bark numbers 5,6,7,8. “In the scuffle, eighteen jail inmates were injured with two of them receiving severe injuries.”
“Presently, all the jail inmates are observing hunger strike. They are demanding impartial probe, alleging highhandedness by the officials,” they said.
“On Wednesday, no newspapers were provided to jail inmates. In bark number 7, senior leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Master Ghulam Mustafa (75) is also on hunger strike,” they said.
Sources said the inmates are accusing the jail authorities for yesterday’s incident. They are accusing jail officials of “negligence and arrogance.”
As reported earlier, clashes had broken out after one of the prisoner complained that he was not offered proper healthcare despite repeatedly complaining pain during urination.
“Several jail inmates suffered injuries during the clashes as two prisoners were shifted to Baramulla district hospital from where they were discharged after being provided treatment.”
SSP Baramulla had confirmed the reports of clashes between police and jail inmates, adding: “Clashes broke out due to delay in providing medical help to one of the prisoner”.
As per the press release issued by Baramulla police, the clashes broke out at around 12 pm over some administrative issue.
“The protesting jail inmates attacked the jail staff and damaged jail property including surveillance cameras. Some of the jail inmates also damaged the wall of district jail by extracting the bricks and even tried to set afire the main gate of the jail. The fire was later extinguished with the help of fire services. Two jail inmates and four cops were injured during these clashes,” reads the press release.
“A case vide FIR 347 of 2016 under section 307, 147,148,149,224,511,435,427,336 RPC has been registered in police station Baramulla on the written complaint of Assistant superintendent district jail Baramulla,” the police statement said.