With anti-government protests in Kashmir reaching its 104th day today, the Jammu and Kashmir government has made a huge number of arrests under the Public Safety Act (PSA) that provides jail for up to six months, without a court trial, on charges of being a threat to the state security.
Indian Express accessed figures show that police submitted dossiers under the PSA against 563 people since the protests started on July 8 and had warrants issued against 487 out of which at least 434 have been detained.
According to sources, forty seven dossiers were rejected mostly with doubts on whether the ages of the suspects were above 18. Other rejected dossiers were of Mudasir Yasin Shah, a revenue official in Bandipore accused of inciting protests; Firdous Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Jablipora Bijbehara suspected of involvement in stone-pelting; and, Bashir Ahmad Shah, a teacher from Papchan village in Bandipore accused of similar charges.
The arrest of rights activist Khurram Parvez on September 15 night, was the most emminent detaintion under the PSA act till now. The activist was charged for ‘instigating and advocating disgruntled elements to resort to illegal activities.’ The youngest detainee to be arrested during the on-going unrest in the valley was of the Class 9 dropout Tanveer Bhat (17), who was arrested on August 21 and later shifted Kathua jail in Jammu.
Unrest spread out in the Kashmir valley on July 8, after the Indian military forces executed Burhan Wani, a Hizbul Majahideen militant and the shutdown completes its 104th day today, separatists had yet called for an extention of the shutdown till October 27.