Sehrai condemns invoking of PSA on Tantray, Bashir Sofi

Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Abdul Rehman Tantray, a 60-year-old Hurriyat activist from Baramulla, who had suffered a brain hemorrhage in Kot Bhalwal Jail of Jammu on February 10 last year, has again been booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act, despite his deteriorating health. He has been lodged at Kot Bhalwal Jail.

Tantray who is a member of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir was booked under the PSA in November 2016 on the charge of organizing anti-India protests. A family member of Tantary told media that during his detention in Kot Bhalwal, he was hit by police in head, which developed a clot. Tantray developed facial palsy after the hemorrhage that left him more than 50 percent disabled. While his PSA was quashed on 7th March 2017, his family said, Tantray was immediately taken to Jammu. “Sensing that Tantray’s health was deteriorating, he was sent to Baramulla, where he was kept in sub-jail,” a family member said.

As his health kept deteriorating in custody and after several checkups in Soura Institute of Medical Sciences under police custody, the family of Tantray was asked to get a bail, one of Tantray’s relatives said. The health of Tantray did not improve after his release and his blood sugar had jumped to 583. “He had to spend a few days in the hospital,” he said. When the family was driving back home from Srinagar hospital, a police official from Baramulla police station called Tantray and told him to present himself at the police station for “some urgent work”.

“As we reached the police station, the Station House Officer informed us that there was an FIR pending against Tantray. His son pleaded the SHO to allow his father to go home as he had just come back from a medical checkup and was not keeping well,” another relative who accompanied the family said. However, the SHO did not let him go, he added.

Tantray’s son said that the family left the police station at 9 pm after assurances from police that he would be released the next day on bail. However, when the family reached the police station next morning, Tantray had already been moved to Kot Bhalwal jail.Tantray, a trader by profession, was earlier jailed for four years in the 1990s and was arrested again in 2008 and 2010.

Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act against TeH activists, Abdur Rehman Tantray and Bashir Ahmad Sofi, and their shifting to Kot Bhalwal jail. He said that both the activists were suffering from different ailments and were undergoing treatment in hospitals. He urged the international human rights organizations to take notice of human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir.

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