Three persons from south Kashmir including an Auqaf Committee have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) —described as lawless law by Amnesty International — by police and have been shifted to Kathua Jail in Jammu region. A senior police officer told Srinagar based news agency GNS that Fayaz Ahmad Rather, Auqaf committee President Bogam village in Kulgam district was arrested some ten days ago under case FIR No. 224/2015 U/S 147,148, 149, 336, 307 RPC. After remaining in police detention for ten days, the President was booked under Public Safety Act under order number PSA 03/DMK/PSA/15, the officer said. The officer said: “Fayaz Ahmad was found involved in indulging anti-national activities by insistigating youth into stone throwing incidents and has been booked under PSA.” Fayaz Rather, who is also an activist of Hurriyat conference (G), had recently participated in the funeral prayers of Lashkar-e-Toiba Kashmir Chief Abu Qasim. Sources said that Fayaz has been booked for participating funeral prayers of Abu Qasim and the development comes few days after army expressed concern over participation of people in the funeral prayers of militants. Meanwhile, the wife of Fayaz Ahmad said that she was not allowed to meet her husband despite pleading with police for the same. “As I came to know that my husband has been booked under PSA. I urged police officers to allow me to meet him. However, they out rightly refused,” she said. Similarly, two more youths who were also arrested two weeks ago in connection with stone throwing incidents in neighbouring Shopian district, were also booked under PSA, the officer said. He identified the duo as Mohd Amin Parray S/O Ghulam Nabi R/O Kundalan Shopian and Zubair Ahmad Turray S/O Bashir Ahmad Turray R/O Bunbazar, Shopian. “Mohammad Amin, 35, was booked under order number 18/DMS/PSA/2015 while as Zubair Bashir, 24, was booked under order number 19/DMS/PSA/2015”, the officer said. The officer said the duo was also “found involved in stone pelting incidents in recent past and hence booked under the PSA”. Both the youths were shifted to Kathua Jail in Jammu region, he added. However, the family of the arrested persons refuted the police claims that they were not involved in stone pelting incidents.
2015 Kashmir Despatch