Most of the 8,000 detainees bailed out
SRINAGAR: Around eight thousand persons have been arrested or detained at several stages of the massive public uprising in Kashmir triggered by the killing of tech-savvy rebel commander Burhan Wani on July 8. The authorities have used provisions of various laws including the Public Safety Act (PSA) to detain the civilians.
Since the beginning of the massive uprising till December 27, as many as 2156 persons have been detained under 107/151 Cr PC, 687 under police act and 489 under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), according to the information accessed by the Kashmir Reader from the government sources. Nearly 87 PSA dossiers sent by the police to respective deputy commissioners (DCs) are yet to be executed, according to the document.
More than 500 persons are still in the custody while the rest have either been released on bail or bond or their PSA orders have been quashed by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Under section 107 and 151, a person is detained “to prevent from committing a cognisable offence or in anticipation of an untoward incident”. The draconian PSA law allows arrests and imprisonment of a person without a trial for up to six months if the state suspects his freedom is “prejudicial to the maintenance of public order”. The detainees can be kept in jail for whatever time the state desires by repeating the PSA order.
This act which was first introduced in the state in 1978 to prevent timber smuggling was later used against political opponents by governments until 1990. The government has often used the act to book pro-freedom leaders whenever there was raging anti-India uprising in the region, be it armed or civil.
The highest number of arrests or detentions has taken place in Baramulla (1377) followed by Kupwara (1252). In Burhan’s home district Pulwama, the epicenter of 2016 summer uprising, 1174 arrests/ detentions have been made followed by 943 in Anantnag and 891 in Shopian. The central Kashmir’s Budgam district has witnessed 766 detentions followed by Ganderbal at 690. The details of the Srinagar district were not accessible.