SRINAGAR: Senior resistance leader and chairman Muslim League Jammu Kashmir Masarat Alam Bhat was on Friday presented before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar for the hearing of a case lodged against him in Police Station Kothi Bagh, Srinagar, with FIR number 50/2010.
A League spokesperson in a statement said Alam was brought from Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu, to Srinagar for the hearing and returned to the jail after CJM Srinagar heard the arguments.
He said Masarat was placed under detention following the 2010 public uprising, of which he is accused of being an architect.
The spokesperson said the state as well as the Government of India set new policies and methods for the continued imprisonment of Alam under “baseless” cases. This is the “worst kind of human rights violation” and highly condemnable, he added.
“The government is deliberately doing it under a plan so that Masarat Aalam is not released by the court; both state and centre are planning to book Masarat under 37th PSA (Public Safety Act). His PSA is scheduled to complete its term on the 15th of this month,” the spokesperson said. “The policy adopted by the puppet government, through which Masarat is being moved from one police station to another, cannot break his will and courage.”
The Muslim League spokesperson appealed to rights defender bodies including the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch to take note of the “worst political revenge against Masarat Aalam and (his) illegal detention by the government” and asked them “to play their role”.
The next hearing of the case is listed for May 18, the spokesperson said.