Srinagar: The police have lodged J&K Muslim League chairman and Hurriyat Conference (Geelani) secretary-general III, Masarat Alam Bhat, at Handwara police station, on charges registered against him at police station Kralgund in an FIR in 2015.
“FIR number 30/2015 is registered against Masarat in Police Station Kralgund under sections 13 ULA, 148, 147, 124 RPC,” sources said.
The FIR was registered against Masarat Alam in Kralgund after he was released from jail by the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led PDP-BJP government in 2015. He was out of jail for 40 days when he was rearrested and booked under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) once again. There are some 64 FIRs registered in Masarat’s name, said a lawyer looking after his cases.
“Masarat visited the home of Abdul Ahad Parra (Muslim League chief organiser) and also went to see some other persons in the area (Kralgund) but held no rally or protest,” said a Muslim League member.
Accused of master-minding the 2010 public uprising, the 47-year-old Masarat was booked under PSA nine times since 2010. “In all, he was booked under PSA 35 times. Most of these PSA orders were quashed, revoked, or at times their period expired but he was still kept in jail,” said the lawyer.
The latest internment of Masarat at Handwara police station comes in the wake of the J&K High Court quashing the 35th PSA detention order against him. Masarat was lodged at Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu till the High Court quashed the PSA detention order against him on October 26.
“Masarat was released from Kot Balwal Jail on Friday evening. He was rearrested by police there and taken to the joint-interrogation centre (JIC) in Jammu,” a member of the J&K Muslim League (ML) told Kashmir Reader.
Masarat is chairman of the ML which is a constituent of the Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference (G). He has been continuously behind bars since the 2010 uprising.
“The police have brought Masarat to police station Handwara, where he is being detained,” the ML member said. Police confirmed the detention but did not reveal anything more.
Alam was first arrested in June 1990. So far, he has spent over 18 years behind jails across J&K and in India.