Srinagar: A third detention in nine months has been ordered under the Public Safety Act (PSA) of veteran Jama’at activist Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf, this after Yousuf’s PSA detention last year was quashed by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court twice.
76-year-old Yousuf – who has spent time between PSA detentions in police station Sopore – is now in Kupwara jail. The Jama’at-e-Islami on Wednesday said that his detention is “in complete disregard of court orders”.
“Courts are powerless,” Jama’at spokesperson Advocate Zahid Ali said while talking to Kashmir Reader. He said that Yousuf was first detained on August 9 last year, after he was asked to report to police station Sopore. On August 10, police booked Yousuf under PSA and sent him to Kupwara jail, where he spent three and a half months before the High Court quashed his detention and asked police to release him.
“He was instead moved to police station Sopore, not released,” Zahid said. “The old man stayed there till police slapped a second PSA on him on December 14. The second PSA was quashed by the high court on March 3 this year. And yet he was not released.”
The Jama’at-e-Islami said it “denounces the inhuman attitude of Sopore police”. In a statement released after Yousuf’s third detention under PSA, Jama’at called for the release of Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf and other political detainees and prisoners who “because of their support to the Kashmir cause are languishing in different jails for years.”