SRINAGAR: Condemning the re-arrest of Sarjan Barkati after his PSA was quashed by a court, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Thursday termed it “height of suppression”.
In a statement issued here, DeM secretary general Nahida Nasreen said, “While court had quashed his (Barkati’s) PSA, police arrested him again, which is highly condemnable.”
Barkati was arrested on October 1 and later booked under Public Safety Act and shifted to Kotbalwal jail.
“The re-arrest of Barkati is political retribution. (Chief Minister) Mehbooba is afraid of losing her chair. That is why she is violating the court directions, basic fundamental rights, and moral values,” she said.
Nasreen added: “There is no legal or constitutional justification of prolonging Barkati’s detention. Jammu and Kashmir is directly ruled by Sangh Parivaar sitting in Delhi and their local stooges have no authority in any of the affairs. We are facing this lawlessness for the last 70 years and the oppressor is bulldozing every move which they think can be detrimental in challenging their authority. Those with tall claims of democracy and upholding the ethos of law and judiciary molest these institutions themselves.”