SRINAGAR: Senior Hurriyat leader and Chairman J&K Muslim League, Masarat Alam Bhat, Friday filed an application in court, asking for shift to Kashmir jail from Jammu during Ramadhan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. The Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar asked the prosecution to file objections, if any, and listed the next hearing for Saturday.
Alam was brought from Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu to Srinagar for the hearing on Friday. After the hearing, Alam was taken to Kothi Bagh Police Station in Srinagar and kept there for the next hearing on Saturday.
During a previous hearing in his case, Alam was brought from Kot Balwal jail and produced before the Forest Magistrate but the matter was adjourned due to non-production of co-accused Showkat Hakeem and Mohammad Yusuf Mir, who are lodged in different jails of the state. The prosecution was directed to produce all the accused on May 16.
A Muslim League spokesman told Kashmir Reader, “The policy adopted by the government through which Masarat is being moved from one police station to another cannot break his will.”
He appealed to human rights defenders, including the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch, to take the note of the “worst political revenge against Masarat Aalam and illegal detention by the government” and asked them “to play their role”.