635 In Kashmir Held Under PSA Last Year: JKCCS

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Minors booked under draconian law, 2 still in custody
412 cases filed by JK admin post August 5 decision

Ayaan Wani

A prominent civil society group on Wednesday said 635 persons have been booked by the district administrations in Kashmir under the draconian Public Safety Act.
In its annual report on the state of human rights in Kashmir, the Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) said of the 635 cases filed under PSA, 412 were booked after August 5 decision of the central government to abrogate the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation into two union territories.
“Four minors are among those who were slapped with Public Safety Act. While two of them were released, two more continue to remain under detention,” Khurram Pervez, convenor of JKCCS said.
A JKCCS activist said these 635 cases are of those persons who have approached the Jammu and Kashmir High Court for relief, “We can never be sure about numbers because there might be others who don’t have resources to approach the judiciary for relief,” he said.
The Amnesty International has described the Public Safety Act as a “lawless law.”
Following the August 5 move, the central government arrested an array of political leaders, businessmen, lawyers, trade leaders and even National Conference founder Dr Farooq Abdullah, a sitting member of parliament.
An unprecedented communication blackout was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir which translated into suspension of landline, broadband internet and all mobile services, including SMSs.
While the communication blackout has been eased to some extent and some political leaders have been released, the centre has refused to give a timeline on the release of prominent faces of mainstream in Kashmir including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. (Brighter Kashmir)

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