Rights defender Khurram detained under PSA

Rights defender Khurram detained under PSA
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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) said on Wednesday that its programme coordinator Khurram Parvez has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and police have decided to shift him to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu.
“We have been told by officers in police and administration that he has been booked under the Act. Although no papers have been given to us despite our asking for them, police have completed all the formalities on paper. We were asked to have a final meeting with Khurram and to get his clothes as well,” a member of JKCCS told Kashmir Reader.
Khurram’s family on Wednesday went to the District Commissioner Srinagar’s office with an application that Khurram be detained in Srinagar and not shifted to outside the city. The district commissioner is learnt to have endorsed the family’s application and sent it to the higher authorities for consideration.
Khurram has been jailed under PSA a day after Principal District & Sessions Judge Srinagar Rashid Ali Dar set aside his detention orders and directed police to release him. The PSA allows police to arrest a person for a period of six months without a trial.
On Tuesday evening, Khurram was released from Kupwara sub-jail but detained again at police station Kupwara. A family member said that he was not again given the grounds for his detention despite his writing to the concerned Deputy Superintendent of Police Riyaz Geelani. On Wednesday morning Khurram was shifted back to Kothi Bagh police station in Srinagar.
“Again nothing was told to us about his detention. We then went to Ram Munshi Bagh police station to know the reason. Sabzar, the SHO, told us that he won’t share anything with us but will say the police’s version in court,” the family member said.
The family member said that in the afternoon Khurram was taken to the police control room for medical examination and then unofficially Khurram’s detention under PSA was confirmed.
“We were told that he will be given dinner and then shifted to Kotbalwal jail,” the member added.
It could not be confirmed if Khurram is still in Srinagar or already shifted to Kotbalwal jail. Despite repeated calls from this newspaper, neither deputy commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Lone, nor divisional commissioner Kashmir, Basheer Khan, picked up the phone.
Amnesty International India on Wednesday called for the immediate release of Khurram.
“This kind of arbitrary use of the law suggests that the Jammu and Kashmir police are determined to lock up Khurram Parvez at any cost,” said Aakar Patel, Executive Director, Amnesty International India.
“Pending his release, he must be protected from torture or other ill-treatment, given access to his family and lawyers, and provided adequate medical care,” Amnesty said in a statement.
J-K Police had arrested Khurram from his home late at night on September 16, saying that they feared he “may cause a breach of peace”.

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