Mushtaq-ul-Islam rebooked under PSA for ‘highlighting rights violations’

Srinagar: The government has rebooked chairman Muslim League Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat alias Mushtaq-ul-Islam under Public Safety Act and his grounds of detention among others include “highlighting alleged human rights violations attributed by forces” and to prevent him from “adversely affecting” the assembly elections slated to held later this year.
Islam, popularly known as Guga Sahib, has been booked under PSA by District Magistrate Baramulla on June 26.
According to the order (DMB/PSA/12/2014), Islam, a resident of Kashi Mohalla Batamaloo here, has been detained under the PSA in consonance with a dossier by Superintendent of Police on June 18.
“As mentioned in the dossier furnished by SP Sopore, it is evident that your activities are prejudicial to peaceful atmosphere of the area. There is tremendous public pressure on police to take to task such elements who are inimical to peace and tranquility of the state…you are here by detained under provisions of PSA, 1978,” the Magistrate said in the order.
As per the dossier, police said, Islam visited Warpora Sopore on 21 February this year and “provoked” youth to pelt stones at police and paramilitary forces, deployed there.
“A case FIR 25/2014 under section 147, 152, 336 RPC stands registered and challaned against five persons including the subject (Islam),” police said in the dossier.
While the dossier is silent about release or otherwise of Islam till 24 May when police says he was arrested in connection with FIR (22/2014 U/S 147, 152, 336 RPC) by it.
On June 4, Islam was ordered to be released by a local court on bail in the case but police on June 5 arrested him in connection with FIR (205/2008) under section 147, 149, 336, 427 RPC registered against him six year ago.
The police dossier comes two day after a local court again ordered his release on bail on 16 June.
Subsequently, police said, Islam has been detained under preventive law under section 107, 151 in Sub Jail Baramulla before the District Magistrate on June 26 ordered his detention under PSA, described as a ‘lawless law’ by Amnesty International.
“There is well founded apprehension, based on previous record and reports received from discreet agencies, the subject will misuse his liberty by indulging in anti national activities,” the dossier said.
“The activities of the subject at present will adversely affect on the forth coming assembly elections,” it said.
Besides, it said, Islam has leaning with Pakistan “due to which he always appealed/supported hartal calls floated by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatist leaders”.
“He highlighted alleged human rights violation attributed by the security forces,” it said.
The dossier also refers to his involvement in six other FIRs registered against him and includes 558/ 1983 registered in Police Station Kothibagh, for hooting against Indian cricket team playing West Indies in the only international match played at SK Stadium Srinagar on 13 October 1983.
The other FIR referred include 654 (police station Sheergari) in year ‘87, 103 in 2009(Police Station Saheedgunj), 108 in 2009 (Police Station Batamaloo) and 54 in 2010 (P/s Sheergari).”
Mushtaq has been repeatedly booked under PSA and J&K High court has quashed the orders time and again, a fact also reflected in the fresh dossier.

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