Srinagar: For the third time in the past 10 days, Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi was granted bail by a court but, to keep her behind the bars, the police presented a fresh case against her.
Forest magistrate Bashir Ahmad Munshi granted bail to Asiya in a case registered against her in 2009 under the Arms Act and ordered her release.
“The bail order was served to the jail authorities but till late in the evening she was not released,” her counsel advocate Mir Shafaqat told Kashmir Reader, adding she has been “implicated” in another case, which police say has been registered against her in 2015 under Unlawful Activities Act (FIR No. 50 of 2015) in police station Nowhatta.
Previously, Asiya was granted bail on September 24 and September 30 in connection with a case of hoisting Pakistani flags on the latter’s Independence Day on August 14 and for addressing a rally organised by the Hafiz Saeed-led Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) in Pakistan over the phone last month.
In a related development, Shafaqat said that the court of ‘Judge Small Causes’ directed the IGP Kashmir and SSP Srinagar to furnish details about the total number of cases registered against Asiya. The court passed the directions on an application moved before the court by her brother.
“Asiya was arrested on September 18 and despite being admitted to bail, the police authorities are misusing their power of taking cognizance in the cases and are changing her custody in order to defeat the right of bail to the accused,” reads the application.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of DeM in a statement here condemned action by “so-called state authorities”.
“Even shamelessness has a limit but the present administration has crossed all the limits,” the spokesperson said.
“The attitude of the so called authorities was beyond understanding as they are playing dirty games. Asiya Andrabi is a popular and reputed leader but the authorities are behaving as if she is a criminal, this is unacceptable,” the spokesperson said. She alleged that Jammu Kashmir has been turned into a “colony of India where no rule seems to be in force.”
She said that the government should come clear on the case instead of “playing cheap and dirty tactics to put the DeM chief behind the bars”.
Quoting the incarcerated leader, she said, “Arrests are not new for us as jail is like a second home. They should not shy away if they want to put me in jail but let them not play dirty tactics.”
The spokesperson also claimed said that RSS and its allies want to curb all the “credible voices, create an atmosphere of fear and further suppress the browbeaten and oppressed people of Jammu Kashmir.”