Srinagar, February 10, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the number of persons detained under the draconian law, Public Safety Act, doubled in 2018 in comparison to 2016 when Kashmir erupted into months-long protests against the martyrdom of a popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani by Indian troops.
A total of 510 persons were booked in occupied Kashmir in 2018, as compared to 230 in 2016, a Srinagar-based daily said in its report. In 2017, a total of 410 people were booked under PSA in the territory. The majority of the persons booked under PSA in 2018 hail from southern Kashmir districts.
“Kulgam tops the list followed by Shopian, Pulwama and Islamabad districts,” said an official of the home department according to the report.
He said the maximum number of people booked under PSA in 2018 have been lodged in Kot Bhalwal Jail of Jammu. Under PSA, a person booked does not face any trial for six months, which can be then extended to six more months and later to one year or two years without any trial. Legal experts say a person cannot be booked under PSA again on the basis of the same grounds that led to his detention in the first place. But puppet authorities have been detaining persons in this manner.
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