Rights body derides police’s account against innocent Kashmiri » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, August 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Human Rights Commission of the territory has raised questions over the manner Indian police applied the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA for preventive detention of a person without trial for six months to one year.

Hearing an application on the detention of Assadullah Parray, a leader of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League and resident of Hajin in Bandipora district, the Commission Chairman Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki said that the report filed by SSP Bandipora made an “interesting reading”. According to the report, Parray’s detention under the PSA was quashed by the High Court on 16 December 2017 but he was arrested again under various FIRs registered against him in 2016.

Assadullah Parray was released on bail by courts in these cases but was arrested again on January 23, 2018, in connection with another FIR of 2017. He got bail in this case on February 9 this year. According to the report, the police claimed that after his release, Parray’s activities were monitored under close surveillance and it came to notice through reliable sources/intelligence agencies that he had not shunned the anti-India path.

“Accordingly a dossier of activities in respect of the subject was submitted to District Magistrate Bandipora and in compliance to the PSA detention order dated 10-2-2018, he was lodged at Central Jail, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu,” Justice Nazki said in his order, quoting from the police report.

Justice Nazki said the police report revealed that the detenue was in continuous custody till February 9 and the detention order under PSA was passed on February 10.

“It is stated by the SSP that during this one night his activities were monitored and he was found engaged in ‘anti-national and nefarious activities’. The commission fails to understand as to what the detenue did during one night when he was free,” he said in the order.

He said the commission failed to understand when was the dossier prepared and submitted by the SSP to the Deputy Commissioner who passed the order on February 10. “The commission is also not sure whether the action of the respondents (state) is in conformity with mandate of Article 21-22 of the Constitution of India,” he noted.

Justice Nazki directed his office to refer the case to High Court in terms of section 18 (2) of J&K Protection of Human Rights Act, 1997.

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