Govt made 1059 PSA dossiers in 3 years: Report

TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/3/2018 12:46:45 PM

Kashmir, Jan3: During the past three years, as many as 1059 Public Safety Act (PSA) dossiers have been prepared against political activists and youths accused of stone-throwing, reads a report of the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS).
“The authorities continue to use Public Safety Act (PSA) as an instrument to suppress dissent. PSA detention orders /dossiers failed to stand the judicial scrutiny; therefore, the courts quashed scores of detention orders, this year,” reads the report.

The report further states, “ Despite a noticeable improvement in the situation as claimed by the government, there seems to be no end to the practice of detaining people without charges under PSA .”
Most of the people booked are either political workers or youth booked on charges of stone pelting. Many PSA detainees were suffering from multiple ailments and prolonged detentions only deteriorated their health condition.
“Unlike last year there is no exact data available on how many people were booked and re-booked under PSA this year. The frequency with which the PSA has been applied in Kashmir can be gauged by the statement made by the Chief Minister on September 23 wherein she said in the past three years, the police have prepared 1059 dossiers to detain people.”

Tanveer Ahmad of Baramulla, who is disabled and uses a wheel chair was first arrested in October 2016 and booked under PSA in December 2016. As many as 14 FIRs were registered against him. In April 2017, JK High court quashed his PSA but he was re-booked under another PSA in May 2017 after 14 days without being released.
His second PSA was also quashed by the High Court on 30 November 2017, but his family has reservations to produce the court order before authorities fearing he may be again booked.
Another person who was booked thrice under PSA is a 75-five-year-old political activist, Mohammad SubhanWani, of Dangerpora village of Sopore. Subhan have been booked thrice under the PSA. The authorities have declared him a threat to peace.
Seven reported cases of abduction, enforced or involuntary disappearances have been witnessed in the year 2017, the report said. Of the seven cases, the bodies of five victims bearing bullet, torture and other injury marks were later recovered from various clandestine locations. Two of the victims are still missing.
Manzoor Ahmad of Devar, Kupwara was, on August 31, detained by 27 RR battalion of the army stationed at Tarmukha, Kupwara along with another youth Nasrullah.
In another case of disappearance, skeletal remains of Anwar Malik, son in law of Jalaluddin Malik, a resident of MandakpalLadhooPampore, Pulwama, was recovered from the forest area of GujjarBasti, Wahab Sahib, SharShali area of Pampore. Malik had gone missing on 26 February 2017, and his skeleton was recovered on 16 April 2017. Police registered an FIR in the case.
Suhail Ahmad Dar, 25, son of Mohammad Sabir Dar of Khahipora village of Handwara, was abducted by unknown gunmen on April 14 and his bullet-riddled body was found in an orchard in nearby Watergam, Rafiabad area on 15 April 2017.
The reason behind his abduction and subsequent killing could not be ascertained by the police.
In yet another case, on 18 July 2017, the body of a teacher named Bilal Sheikh, 25, of Dolipora, Handwara, who was working at army‘s Sadbavana (goodwill) school, was found in Batamarg forests of Handwara in Kupwara district.
The teacher had gone missing on May 27, 2017, and subsequently disappeared. So far it is unclear as to who killed the school teacher and why.
“The disappearance of a 2nd-year student Shahid of DarilTarathpora area of Handwara, followed by his killing in an alleged fake encounter by the army, is a glaring indicator of the continuing phenomenon of enforced disappearance in Kashmir,” the report said.
Shahid disappeared on August 21, 2017, and on August 23 his family was informed by police to identify the body of an unknown militant. They were shocked to see their son killed and projected as a militant in an encounter. His family had filed a missing report with Vilgam police station after his disappearance.
The headless body of Muzaffar Ahmad Parrey, 24, son of Farooq Ahmad Parray a resident of ParrayMohallaHajin was recovered from Jehlum River at Gulshanabad in Hajin area of Bandipora district.
Muzaffar, a butcher by profession, had gone missing on August 24, 2017, and three days later his decapitated body was recovered. The police, however, failed to establish the agency involved in Muzaffar‘s abduction and subsequent killing.
In October, the police registered a case against the army and Border Security Force (BSF) in the case of a missing civilian who was working as a porter with an army unit in Rajouri district.
Safeer Ahmed Khan, a resident of Pathanteer in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district, was working with 2 Sikh LI unit, manning Keri sector in Poonch district. In the month of August, he allegedly went missing under suspicious circumstances and since then is untraceable.
Shotgun pellets fired by the forces into protesters killed four people and impaired eyes and vision of 41 others, the report reads.
“Six youth had injuries in both eyes, while thirty-five suffered pellet injuries in one eye,” the report states.
“In November, a minor, ZahidManzoor Mir, was severely injured after government forces pumped hundreds of pellets into his body.
“Mazoor remained critical at SMHS hospital for many days. Because of the damage caused by the pellets, the doctors removed Manzoor’s gallbladder and his right kidney.”
Four persons lost their lives after being hit by pellets. Wasim Ahmad Thokar, son of Haji Mushtaq Ahmad of Schuch, Kulgam. He was hit by pellets last year and died this year on February 21.
Adil Farooq Sheikh, 19, son of Farooq Ahmad Sheikh of Yarigund, Kawoosa, Budgam. A class 12 student was injured by pellets on April 9 during by-poll parliamentary elections.
Mohammad Younis Sheikh, 16, son of Abdul Khaliq Sheikh of Saimoh, Tral, Pulwama. He was injured on August 9 and died later, and Owais Ahmad Dar, 19, son of Mohammad Shafi Dar of Kakapora, Pulwama. He was hit by pellets on August 13. He was a 1st-year student.
In 2017, 20 civilian women were killed in different instances of violence in Jammu and Kashmir, including 8 women Amarnath pilgrims, who were killed when militants attacked the bus of Yatris in Anantnag on 10 July 2017, reads the report.
Among the 20 women who were killed, five women including a minor girl were killed near encounter sites at various places in the valley.
Four women died due to cross LoC shelling, one woman reportedly died due to suffocation caused by intense teargas shelling by forces in Pulwama.
One girl died due to injuries suffered from a grenade blast in Tral town in September, while another woman was killed by unidentified gunmen at her home in Seer village of Tral in Pulwama district.

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