Arrests follow court’s release orders repeatedly
SOPORE: The family of Hurriyat leader and Peoples League Chairman Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori has lost hopes of his release again, despite court quashing a PSA and ordering release after subsequent remands taken by police.
A third PSA order against 71-year-old Sopori was quashed by J&K High Court in March, but police kept his behind bars, under remands secured from court.
Sopori’s family told Kashmir Reader that police took him under custody again, as soon as a court ordered his release on May 3.
“After the High Court quashed the third PSA against him on March 20, we were hopeful that they will release him but after a number of police, as well as judicial, remands for almost one and a half month, Sopore court ordered his release order on 3rd May. As soon as he came out, Sopore police took him into custody again without any charges yet,” a family member said.
Sopori, a resident of Badambagh in Sopore, is a senior member of Hurriyat and chairman of the People’s League. He has been behind bars since February 15, 2017, when he arrested from a graveyard in Sopore town where he had gone to pay tributes to Ghulam Mohammad Bulla, whose death in custody is said to be the first custodial killing in Kashmir.
Sopori has been languishing in different Jammu jails since then under three repeated PSAs, with periods in between spent in police custody.
After his third PSA was quashed on March 20, he has been taken under police and judicial remand six times.
SSP Sopore, Javid Iqbal told Kashmir Reader that Sopori has been arrested again but declined to reveal the charges under which he has been booked.
His family says he is being caged under the “same old fabricated charges”.