Srinagar: The Deputy Commissioner Kupwara signed on Wednesday evening the 36th detention order under Public Safety Act (PSA) of J&K Muslim League (ML) chief and resistance leader Masarat Alam, who was sent back to Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu, where he has been imprisoned for the past two years, late on Wednesday night.
Masarat is also one of the secretary-generals of the Syed Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference.
The J&K High Court had on October 26 quashed the 35th PSA detention order of Masarat and directed the police to release him immediately from Kot Balwal Jail. The 48-year-old Masarat was released on the evening of November 10, but as soon as he walked out of jail a police team whisked him away to joint-interrogation centre (JIC) Jammu, from where he was taken to police station Handwara and kept there. On November 14, the police secured from court his custody for two days, till November 16, in a case registered against him in the year 2015.
Sources had told this newspaper that FIR number 30/2015 was registered against Masarat in Kralgund police station under Sections 13 ULA, 148, 147, 124 RPC.
“The FIR was registered against Masarat Alam in Kralgund after he was released from jail by the then Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led 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,” sources in the Muslim League had said.
“There are dozens of FIRs registered in Masarat’s name,” said a lawyer looking after Masarat’s cases.
Strongly condemning the slapping of yet another PSA on Masarat, a Muslim League spokesperson said that the authorities are taking court orders “casually, as if the said orders have no sanctity”.
“Supreme Court has time and again stressed that without any fresh facts no detention order can be passed,” the ML spokesperson said, adding, “but detention orders against Masarat Alam are passed without taking court orders into consideration.”