2015 dated FIR invoked against Masarat, lodged in Handwara PS

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) secretary general (III), Masarat Alam Bhat, has been brought to Kashmir on late Saturday night and subsequently lodged in police station Handwara in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Alam was released from Kotbalwal jail in Jammu on Friday evening but was rearrested by J&K policemen outside the jail.

“Police have invoked an FIR registered against him in 2015 when Alam had visited someone in Handwara,” said a member of J&K Muslim League (ML). Alam is chief of ML which is a constituent of Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference.

The ML chief, accused of orchestrating 2010 public uprising, was detained later that year and since has been jailed across J&K.

However, he was released for a brief 40-day time during which he had visited Handwara, his party said.

The government had booked him under ‘lawless law’ Public Safety Act (PSA) and in October, the J&K High Court had quashed such 35th PSA against him and had asked police to release him.