Srinagar: Senior resistance leader and chairman of the Muslim League Masarat Alam was presented on Tuesday before a Srinagar court in a case registered against him in 2010.
Masarat, whose Muslim League is a constituent of the Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference, was brought from Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu, to Srinagar Monday night and lodged in Kothi Bagh police station from where he was taken to the Srinagar district court.
“Masarat was produced before the court of Third Munsif (ADG), Srinagar, under FIR 42/10,” a Muslim League spokesperson told Kashmir Reader. “The court has set the next date of hearing on November 7.”
The 47-year-old resistance leader has been held in Kot Bhalwal for a long time.
He was placed under detention after the 2010 public uprising, of which he is accused of being an architect. He was released in 2015 for a period of only 40 days before being rearrested and jailed in Jammu jails.
“It was a criminal case against Masarat,” said a lawyer who looks after the Muslim League chief’s case.
The lawyer informed that Masarat is “being produced before a trial court once again on Wednesday in another case”. He is currently being detained at a sub-jail inside the Kothi Bagh police station premises.
A resident of Zainadar Mohalla in Srinagar’s Habba Kadal, Masarat is an alumnus of Tyndale Biscoe School, Srinagar, and graduated from SP College, Srinagar.
“Although all the legal formalities have been completed for releasing Masarat Alam Bhat, but in a well-planned game, the government sets new policies and methods for his continued imprisonment under frivolous and baseless cases, which is a heinous human rights violation and highly condemnable and unacceptable as no constitution of any peace-loving country permits this,” said the Muslim League spokesperson.
Terming the government’s “behaviour and policies” against the Muslim League chairperson as “inhuman and unfruitful”, the spokesperson of the pro-freedom party appealed the rights-defender bodies including the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch to take the note of the “worst political revenge” against Masarat Alam allegedly by the government and asked them “to play a role in removing all hindrances against his release”.