Shifted to Kot Balwal jail from PS Sopore
Sopore: Septuagenarian Hurriyat leader and Peoples League Chairman Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori has been booked under another Public Safety Act and sent to Kot Balwal jail from the police lockup where he had been lodged after a previous PSA against him was quashed, Sopori’s family said.
This is the fourth PSA against the senior citizen since his arrest in February 2017.
Sopori’s family said they were hoping for his release but were shocked to know about the PSA again, which they said has been prepared on the “same old frivolous grounds”.
The J&K High Court had quashed third PSA against Sopori in March and ordered his release but police kept him behind bars, under remands secured from court.
On Tuesday evening he was shifted to Kot Balwal jail from Sopore police station where he had been lodged for more than a month.
Sopori’s family said they were expecting his release this time, “but few days back when our uncle visited the Superintendent of Police office, he was told there that Khan Sopori will not be released. However, he was told that keeping his age and illness in view, he will be kept in Kashmir jail but last evening we came to know that they have slapped one more PSA against him and were shifting him to Jammu.”
“After receiving call from my old aged father in the evening that they have slapped another PSA against him, I was shocked as we were expecting his release this time as he has been in jail from last one and half year and it was also Eid-ul-Fitr in a week now, so I went to Sopore police station with his clothes and medicines, after handing over these things, he was taken to Jammu”, Sajad Ahmad, son of Khan Sopori told Kashmir Reader.
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 was 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.