Sopore: Public Safety Act has been slapped for the fourth consecutive time on 77-year-old Haji Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf, who was granted bail thrice in all the cases filed against him by Sopore Police.
Arrested during the civil uprising last year on August 8, Yousuf, a resident of Iqbal Nagar Sopore is languishing in different jails under PSA for the fourteen months. The police have slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) against him for the fourth time in succession without releasing him even for an hour.
Yousuf’s detention orders under third PSA were quashed by the high court in October of this year. During the past day, he was sent to Kupwara jail from Sopore police station, without informing his family members.
“Despite the court giving him bail in this month in all cases, police slapped PSA against him with unknown provisions as we have not received any documents related to his fourth PSA. He was sent to Kupwara jail last day without any information to the family,” said Yousuf’s daughter on phone. “It was only when my father called from someone’s cell phone that they are taking him to Kupwara that we came to know,” she said.
Yousuf has been a pro-freedom activist and a member of Jamat-e-Islami since his youth. His wife Hanifa Begum said the authorities want to change his ideology in his old age on which he has stood through his life. “Isn’t it the extreme level of cruelty and stupidity,” she asked.
Hanifa Begum’s two sons were killed in the past few years, and she fears for his old aged husband, as Yousuf is already a heart patient and has undergone two surgeries in his left eye.
“As soon as we submitted quash papers to the concerned authorities except for police as the senior official in Sopore refused to receive the papers, within few days they slapped the fourth PSA against my old age husband”, Hanifa Begum said.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Jama’at-e-Islami has strongly denounces the imposition of 4th consecutive detention upon Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf and called this act as personal vengeance against the victim of the lawlessness going on in the valley which is a blatant violation of the fundamental human rights. “Jama’at appeals the international human rights bodies and Kashmir Bar Association to intervene in this matter to get justice and save this old man from the personal enmity of some police authorities misusing their position,” Advocate Zahid Ali, chief spokesperson said in a statement.