Govt revokes PSA detention of 26 persons

Srinagar, Jan 10: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday revoked the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) against 26 individuals which included a former Kashmir Bar association president, hours after the Supreme Court came down heavily on it over the Internet ban and imposition of prohibitory orders in the valley.

The list included 11 people from North Kashmir, 14 from South Kashmir and Nazir Ahmed Ronga, an advocate and former Kashmir Bar council president, who hails from Srinagar district.

The persons whose detention has been revoked are Rouf Ahmad Dar S/O Gh. Hassan Dar R/O Akram Dar, Mohallah Samboora, Tehsil Pampore, District Pulwama, Abdul Salam Rather S/O Late Hajai Mohammad Ramzan Rather R/O Dewan Bagh, District Baramulla, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat S/O Abdul Khaliq Bhat R/O Maqbool Abad, Walhootra, Rafiabad, District Baramulla, Mohammad Umer Dar S/O Abdul Rasheed Dar R/O Patoosa Rafiabad, District Baramulla, Mudasir Ahmad Tantray S/O Haji Ali Mohammad Tantray R/o Rohama Rafiabad, District Baramulla, Rameez Ahmad Hajam S/O Mohammad Rajab Hajam R/O Panzgam, Tehsil Awantipora, District Pulwama, Mohammad Imran Dar S/O Mohammad Ibrahim Dar R/O Kripalpora Payeen Matipora Singhpora Pattan, Baramulla, Muzafar Ahmad Dar S/O Ghulam Mohd Dar R/O Lathishort Bomai, Sopore, Dist Baramulla, Mohd Maqbool Yatoo S/O Ab Ahad Yatoo R/O Hygam Sopore, District Baramulla, Showkat Ahmad Shah S/O Mohammad Azad Shah, R/O Chandhara, Tehsil Pampore, District Pulwama, Mohammad Arif Lone S/O Late Abdul Razaq Lone R/O Yanner Pahalgam, Ishfaq Ahmad Ganie S/O Late Ghulam Rasool Ganie R/O Ari-Gohal Akad, Dist. Anantnag, Mudasir Maqbool Teli S/O Mohammad Maqbool Teeli R/O Mir Maidan Dooru, Anantnag, Shabir Ahmad Bhat S/O Ghulam Hassan Bhat R/O Mirhama, District Kulgam, Nawaz Ahmad Haroo S/O Ab Gani Haroo R/O Watigam Manzgam, District Kulgam, Sadam Hussain Haroo S/O Gh Mohammad Haroo R/O Watigam Manzgam, District Kulgam, Rafiq Ahmad Bhat S/O Late Assadullah Bhat R/O Gulzarpora, Tehsil Awantipora, District Pulwama, Shabir Ahmad Lone S/O Habibullah Lone R/O Nadihal Rafiabad, District Baramulla, Fayaz Ahmad Naikoo S/O Abdul Rahim Naikoo R/O Tarzoo Sopore, District Baramulla, Shabir Ahmad Wani S/O Mohammad Yousuf Wani R/O Larkipora Padgampora, Tehsil Awantipora, District Pulwama, Umar Gull S/O Gh. Rasool Dar, R/O Bonpora Samboora, Tehsil Pampore, District Pulwama, Aadil Ahmad Lone S/O Gh. Mohammad Lone R/O Segripora Samboora, Tehsil Pampore, District Pulwama, Shahnawaz Ahmad Dar S/O Gh. Ahmad Dar R/O Nowpora Sopore, District Baramulla, Nazir Ahmad Ronga S/O Noor Mohammad Ronga R/O Vakil Colony, Nishat, Srinagar, Zahoor Ahmad Mir S/O Gh. Qadir Mir R/O Rohama Rafiabad, District Baramulla and Javid Kalas S/O Iqbal Kalas R/O Nasserpora, Tehsil Keller, District Shopian.

These people were detained and booked under the PSA after August 5 last year when the Centre revoked special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two unionterritories.

The detenues are likely to be released on Saturday as some of them are lodged in prisons located outside the union territory in places like Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, they said.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court had quashed the PSA of some of the individuals recently and passed some scathing remarks against the officials who had signed the orders.

In a recent order, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, while quashing the PSA of Bilal Ahmad Mir, had said no documents were supplied to the detenu about the grounds on which he was detained.

“On these counts alone….The detention of the detenu is vitiated, the detenu having been prevented from making an effective and purposeful representation against the order of detention,” the judgment had said.

Three-time chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who is a member of the current Lok Sabha, was also slapped with the PSA on September 17 after MDMK leader Vaiko had approached the Supreme Court with a habeas corpus petition seeking his production.

Scores of other politicians including his son Omar Abdullah and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti have been kept under preventive detention.

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