6 people have been arrested under this draconian law so far
SRINAGAR: The draconian Public Safety Act, under which a person can be arrested for up to six months without a trial, and perpetually by repeating it, has been slapped on a teenager from Doda for participating in a protest against the state violence in Kashmir valley.
Rehmatullah Butt, 18, has been booked under the PSA that has been described by Amnesty International as a ‘lawless law’, Kashmir Dispatch reported.
While arresting him he had been beaten up and has been shifted to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu, the report said.
Protests had erupted in the mountainous Doda region on Friday against the killing of at least 59 unarmed civilians in anti-India demonstrations since July 8.
Local sources in the region said that the young boy was a meritorious student and had secured 90 per cent marks in his higher secondary school examination, the KD report said.
Five people were booked under the PSA in Bandipora area on Saturday for participating in anti-India protests and sent to different jails. They are Kursheed Ahmad Parray and Abdul Majeed, both members of Syed Ali Geelani-led resistance party, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
Others who have been booked include Shabir Ahmad Rather, Naseer Ahmad Parray and Abdul Hamid Parray.