Srinagar, Apr 20: A veteran 80 years old Jama’at activist from Sopore Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf has again been detained under the draconian law of Public Safety Act (PSA), the spokesman said on Thursday.
According to the statement issued to KNS, the spokesman, of JeI said, “He was apprehended by police station Sopore on Aug 08, 2016 and on Aug 10 1st detention order was imposed upon him and kept in district jail Kupwara. The high court quashed his detention keeping his old and infirm age in addition to the prima facie false allegation in view but the police quite contrary to the court orders kept him in police station Sopore and on 24/11/2016 he was again detained under Public Safety Act.”
He said that this order was also quashed but the detenue was again shifted to police station Sopore and on Mar 18, 2017, 3rd detention order was passed and he was taken to Baramullah Jail.
“Another activist of Jama’at from Kader village of Kulgam Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Kuchay is languishing in police station Kulgam and is not being released despite bail order from the court. Moreover other political detenues and prisoners who because of their support to the Kashmir cause are languishing in different jails for years together,” the spokesman said.
He said that those political activists undergoing life imprisonment include Dr. Mohammad Qasim (Srinagar), Dr. Mohammad Shafi Khan (Khansahib, Budgam), Maqsood Ahmad Bhat (Pattan), Farooq Ahmad Sheikh (Bhaderwah), Mushtaq Ahmad Malla (Kupwara), Ghulam Mohammad Bhat (Khag, Budgam), Abdul Hameed Teli (Kulgam), Parvez Ahmad Mir (Tral), Feroz Ahmad Bhat (Tral), Mohammad Ishaq Pala (Minor: Shopian), Ghulam Qadir Bhat (Kupwara).
“Usually the life convicts are released after passing ten to fourteen years in jail but these political prisoners face biased and retributive attitude from the administration and some of them even after passing twenty or more years in jail are not being released. This is only because they are supporting the just and genuine cause of Kashmiri people,” he said.
JeI demands unconditional release of all detainees and political prisoners including those youth who are languishing in jails and police stations on the allegations of stone-pelting during the protests. (KNS)