Srinagar: Muslim League chairman and senior Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam Bhat was re-arrested minutes after he was released by a local court in Baramulla in connection with the ‘46th and last FIR’ registered against him by the police.
Alam’s release on bail against a bond and surety of Rs 50,000 each was ordered by Munsiff Baramulla in case (FIR 258/2016) registered under Section 13 of Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act registered against him in connection with an incident which police claimed happened in Baramulla jail.
The bail order was produced before the jail authorities who released Alam but he was re-arrested and detained in what a Muslim League leader called an illegal arrest.
He said that as per the records available with the party, Alam now has been granted bail in all 46 FIRs and “his present detention is illegal.” The claim could not be ascertained officially.
This year on January 19, City Munsiff, Judicial Magistrate 1st Class Srinagar, ordered the police to release Alam after granting bail to him in a case registered in police station Harwan in 2010 under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Act.
On February 21, a court in Bandipora granted bail Alam in a case registered against him in police station Sumbal in 2010.
On December 28 last year, the J&K high court had ordered Alam’s release “forthwith from preventive detention”.
The court had passed the orders on Alam’s plea challenging the latest of the 34th detention orders under Public Safety Act, described as a lawless law by Amnesty International.
Alam was released after a 53-month-long captivity on March 7, 2015. He was re-arrested on 17 April 2015 and was ordered to be detained under the PSA by the ruling PDP-BJP government to calm down “anger” expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his release. His earlier PSA detentions were also quashed by the high court with a direction to authorities to release him. But he continues to be behind bars.