SRINAGAR: As many as 200 civilians have been booked under the draconian Public Safety Act. More than 2300 others have been arrested or detained.
According to the data accessed by the Kashmir Reader from Kashmir divisional commissioner office, detention orders of 127 of the 200 persons have already been executed by district magistrates till Wedesday evening.
The data reveal that 202 dossiers have been forwarded by the district superintendents of police to the district magistrates.
The DCs, the data said, have already issued 192 orders under the PSA and subsequently have been approved by the state’s home department headed by the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
The draconian law allows arrests and imprisonment of a person without a trial for up to six months if the state suspects his freedom is “prejudicial to the maintenance of public order”. The detainees can be kept in jail for whatever time the state desires by repeating the PSA order.
The act which was first introduced in the state in 1978 to prevent timber smuggling was later used against political opponents by governments until 1990. The government has often used the act to book pro-freedom leaders whenever there was raging anti-India uprising be it armed or civil.
According to the figures 1085 persons have been detained under section 107 and 151, meaning their detention is “to prevent them from committing a cognisable offence or in anticipation of an untoward incident”.
As many as 1251 persons have been arrested for different cases registered against them.
“The number of PSAs, detentions and arrests will escalate in coming days because the government will go to any extent to bring the normalcy in the state,” a top official in the divisional commissioner Kashmir’s office told Kashmir Reader.
The highest number of PSAs have been executed in Baramulla (47), followed by Pulwama (16), Srinagar (11), Shopian (10) Anantnag (10) and Bandipora (10).
In Ganderbal (8) and, Kulgam (8) while in Budgam (5) and Kupwara (2) have been booked under the law.
The data show that only 144 civilians are currently in custody (except those slapped with PSAs) as it has released on bond 1053 civilians.
Pulwama, Kupwara and Budgam are only the three districts where no one is under custody as of now (except those booked under PSAs), the data said.