Srinagar, November 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police re-arrested senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Masarrat Aalam Butt, immediately after his release from Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu.

The JKML in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Masarrat Aalam was just released from the Kot Bhalwal Jail when a posse of Indian police arrived and whisked him away.

“The family members of Masarrat Aalam submitted the court’s order quashing his detention to the jail authorities and he was released from the jail at 4:30 PM,” a spokesman of the JKML told media. “But unknown policemen stopped Masarrat Aalam and whisked him away to an unknown place,” he said, adding that the police arrested the APHC leader without assigning any reason.

The High Court of the occupied territory had on October 26 quashed the 35th detention order of Masarrat Aalam under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA). A bench of Justice Alok Aradhe at the High Court had quashed the PSA detention order, saying, “From the perusal of the order of detention, it is evident that the detenue has not been apprised of his right to make a representation to the detaining authority”.

Masarrat Aalam was first arrested in June 1990. Since then he has been booked under draconian PSA for 35 times. So far, he has spent more than 18 years in different jails of occupied Kashmir and India.

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