With FIRs filed this year only, Govt says Khurram has ‘long history with secessionists’

With FIRs filed this year only, Govt says Khurram has ‘long history with secessionists’

SRINAGAR: The ruling PDP-BJP government has said that noted human rights activist Khuram Pervez has ‘long history’ of affiliation with secessionists, notwithstanding its own claims that four FIRs against him were registered this year alone.
Interestingly, only one copy of the FIR has been appended with the dossier, a copy of which was shared on Friday by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), the organization with whom Khurram works as programme coordinator.
A resident of Sonawar here, Khurram is a post-graduate in journalism and alumni of famous missionary schools, Burnhall and Biscoe. Khurram, chairperson of Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), was booked under the PSA after a court ordered his release by declaring executive magistrate’s order, directing for his detention in Kupwara jail, as illegal.
“The subject (Khurram) has a long history of affiliation with secessionist originations who advocate secession of state of J&K from the union of India and to achieve this goal (he) has been found resorting to illegal /unlawful activities since long, be it tilling the youth to resort to violence or gathering so,” reads the dossier by SSP Srinagar on which district magistrate Srinagar ordered Khurram’s detention under PSA, described as lawless law by amnesty international.
Recognized international for documenting work on human rights in Kashmir, Khurram has been lodged in Kotbalwal jail in Jammu.
“The subject has secessionist ideology and during the present unrest has remained instrumental in instigating the disgruntled elements to resort to violence by indulging in stone pelting upon security personnel which in turn disrupt the public order. The subject wields a considerable clout in the secessionist circles devised strategy to formulate programmes in such a manner to keep pot boiling,” the dossier said.
The SSP also claimed that Khurram’s activities are a “direct threat to the maintenance of public order.”
He has been found involved as an accused in (four FIRs, all registered in 2016) wherein his role as “instigator” has surfaced and it was found that he has instigated disgruntled elements resort to the ‘large scale violence”.
“Looking from a broader perspective, it appears that under a well-knit conspiracy, the subject and his other associates are intentionally resorting to such activities which disturb the public peace and these elements challenge the sovereignty and integrity of the country by following the aims and objectives of secessionist elements,” the SSP said in the dossier.
The JKCCS said that Khurram was not produced before the deputy Commissioner, nor were the grounds read out to him as required under law before issuing warrant.
“The FIRs mentioned are all for offences usually invoked against ‘stone pelters’. Khurram Parvez has never received any intimation prior to this of pending complaints or investigations from any Srinagar Police Station and nor has he signed or executed any personal bond or surety in regard to any of these cases or any other case,” it said.
The documents dated 21 September make no mention of the fact that Khurram was released from detention by the orders of the Principal District & Sessions Judge, Srinagar on September 20, the JKCCS added.

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