Group of Jand K citizens seeks repeal of draconian PSA

Srinagar, October 08, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a group of concerned JandK citizens has sought repeal of draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), asserting that district magistrates are passing PSA detention orders in a mechanical manner without the application of mind, and on mere asking of law enforcing agencies.

The citizens slammed the rampant use of the black law, PSA or Preventive Detention Law, saying it is a matter of grave concern to the public in general and those committed to uphold right to life and personal liberty, in particular.

The signatories to the statement include Muhammad Shafi Pandit, former Chairman of Public Service Commission; Hasnain Masoodi, former Judge of JandK High Court, G R Sufi, former Chief Information Commissioner; Prof Abdul Wahid, former Vice Chancellor of University of Kashmir and founder Vice Chancellor of Central University of Kashmir; Hashmatullah Khan, former Vice Chancellor of SKUAST; Fayaz A Kaloo, Editor-in-Chief of Greater Kashmir; Abdul Hamid Mattoo, former Development Commissioner Power, Masood Hussain, Artist; Munshi Ghulam Hassan, former Chairman of JandK Bank; Nusrat Andrabi, former Principal of Government College for Women, Nawakadal; Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor, Kashmir Times; Khwaja M Qasim, former Principal District and Sessions Judge; Rafiq Masoodi, former Additional Director General, Doordarshan; G H Kangu, former Pr. Chief Conservator of Forest; G H Rather, former Development Commissioner Power, and Gazala Amin, Entrepreneur.

The group said that in the past few weeks, preventive detention has been slapped on more than 500 people and hundreds have been arrested and are in the queue, waiting in custody for the detention orders. “Thousands are on arrest list, and hunted by the police. The detained include juveniles (Tanveer Ahmad Butt, class 8th student from Krangsoo, Anantnag), old and infirm (Abdul Rashid Wani from Handwara), more than one member of the same family (Ghulam Muhammad Tantray from Sopore) and human rights activist (Khuram Parvaiz). The misuse of Preventive Detention Law has assumed alarming proportions and calls for attention of all conscientious members of the society. Silence on gross violation of right to life and liberty, would be unpardonable and condemned by posterity,” they said in the statement. KMS—A

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