Police counter Sopore man’s bail papers with another PSA » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, November 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a private school teacher and imam from Bomai area of Baramulla district, Molvi Abdul Rasheed Butt, 51, has been languishing in jail for the past 14 months despite given bail by the court in all the cases registered against him by Sopore police.

Molvi Abdul Rasheed Butt’s eldest son, Rameez Rasheed, 27, told media in Srinagar that his father was picked up from his home by Indian forces on September 25 last year. He said that a couple of days later, his father was shifted from Sopore’s Bomai police station to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu after being booked under black law, Public Safety Act. Rameez left his M Phil studies at Barkatullah University in Bhopal halfway after his father’s arrest.

He said that the High Court quashed detention order of Molvi Abdul Rasheed Butt in April, this year, and he was shifted back first to Tarzoo police station and then to Bomai police station, both in Sopore.

“He was kept in Bomai police station for almost a month. The police told us to bring absolute bail orders before they would release him. When we finally did, they immediately sent my father to Kot Bhalwal Jail again, under a second PSA,” Rameez Rasheed said.

“Police charged him again with cases of motivating youth to pelt stones and disturbing public peace and tranquility. But all the charges are fabricated, as since his arrest he has not been released for a single minute nor has he ever motivated any stone pelter or tried to disturb the peace of the area,” he lamented.

The second release order, granted in September, was again not respected by Sopore police: they brought Butt to the Tarzoo police station where he was kept for 20 days before being sent to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu in October under a third PSA. “In the third PSA dossier, he has been accused of being the tehsil president of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, but the reality is different. He has not been even a member of the Hurriyat, though, yes, he is a member of Jamaat-e-Islami and teaches in a School in Bomai,” Rameez added.

“The quash orders granted by the High Court should secure the release order of our father who has been languishing in jail for the last 14 months, but instead of securing him a release order, he has been consecutively slapped with three PSAs, one after the other, under the same, fabricated charges,” Rameez Rasheed added.

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