Mohammad Yousuf Sheikh spent 16 months behind bars
Sopore: After spending 16 months in detention, 77-year-old Jamaat-i-Islami leader from Sopore, Mohammad Yousuf Sheikh was released on Thursday, following High Court order quashing fourth PSA slapped on him.
Yousuf said that the PSA was quashed in November, but he was kept in Sopore police station for 15 days.
“After High Court provided me bail in third PSA, I was slapped with fourth PSA and was shifted to district jail Kupwara but court revoked my fourth PSA after one month by terming these Acts against me baseless and brute violation of individual rights. On 15th of November I was presented in Sopore court for an old case hearing from where I was taken to Sopore police station, where I was kept for 15 days,” Yousuf told Kashmir Reader.
A resident of Iqbal Nagar Sopore, Yousuf was arrested
in August last year and kept behind bars under repeated Public Safety Acts (PSA). He was not released despite court quashing his PSAs in November last, March and October.
Yousuf has lost his two sons to Kashmir conflict.
Mohammad Altaf Sheikh was killed by unknown gunmen at New Colony Sopore in 2015, and Abdul Roaf, a PhD scholar, was killed in Srinagar in 2001 by army firing during a fidayeen attack on corps headquarters. He was travelling from Aligarh to his home when he was caught in the crossfire.
Yousuf lives with his wife, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.
At his home today, Yousuf was feeling overwhelmed by greetings from friends and relatives.
Yousuf’s grandson, Athar Altaf, 11, whose father was killed by unidentified gunmen in 2015, said that he is “happy that Abaji has been released”.
Scores of people were visiting the residence from early morning to pay greetings after the news of his release.
Congratulatory messages also poured in on social media with some Facebook users praising the determination of the septuagenarian.
Yousuf’s wife, Hanifa Begum, 74, thanked Allah for the release of his husband.
“Allah talah sund shukur che ye aww ghar (All thanks to Allah that he has come home),” she said.