Srinagar: Muhammad Subhan Bhat of Loragam, Tral, says he does not understand why his ailing son Fayaz Ahmad has been detained under the Public Safety Act, a much-criticsed law under which a person can be imprisoned without trial for up to one year and, theoretically, perpetually by repeating it.
At least 169 people have been marked for arrest under this law for participating and “instigating” people during the raging anti-India uprising. More than a dozen people have been already arrested.
Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, who according to his family is suffering from chronic nephrological disorders, was summoned by the police last week and detained at the Tral police station for a few days before being dispatched to Kahtua Jail in Jammu.
Subhan said, “Police called him several times but he couldn’t go because of the ailment. Last week a policeman again called and said it will only take a few minutes at the station. He went to see the Station House Officer but was detaine.”
“We along with some village elders went to the SHO who promised that since he was not involved in any case and was ailing he would be released if we met the higher officials,” he said.
“Some higher officials too promised us that he will be released but later we heard he was shifted to Kahuta jail. Some other youths have been sent to jail,” he said.
Fayaz is a computer operator at a private institute in Tral and had been resting after his ailment was detected in June.