Ganderbal: A 32-year-old man was booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) – which Amnesty International has declared a lawless law – in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district and shifted to Kathua jail in Jammu on Tuesday night.
Mohammad Shafi Khan, son of Ghulam Hassan Khan, is a resident of Arhama Manigam in Ganderbal. He was arrested on October 15 and detained at Police Station Ganderbal for allegedly tying a policeman to a chair.
Lone is a shopkeeper by profession and was running a furnishings shop at Manigam crossing on the Srinagar-Leh highway.
The police dossier against Lone said he was arrested on charges of “attacking” a policeman and tying him with a rope in the middle of the highway at Manigam and raising anti-India slogans. “He incited law and order problem in the area last week,” the dossier said.
Locals said that Shafi was arrested when a woman alleged that the policeman in question had taken pictures of her without her consent, which triggered protests and a shutdown in the area.
A senior police official said that the accused was booked under FIR 219/2017 under sections 148, 149, 303, 336 and other sections dealing with unlawful acts.
A video of the incident has gone viral on social media platforms in which a woman was seen typing a cop to a chair after she alleged that he was photographing her with his mobile phone.
Eyewitnesses said that after the woman found her pictures in the policeman’s cell phone, she caught hold of him with the help of other passersby and tied him to a chair in the middle of the highway as a protest.