SHOPIAN: Eight people including a 65-year-old man have been jailed at Kot Balwal Jail under fresh public safety acts (PSAs) in Shopian district.
The eight persons are Muhammed Lateef Dar son of Abdul Gani Dar resident of Zawoora; Muhammed Hussain Wagay son of Ghulam Muhammad Wagay, resident of Homhuna village; Ghulam Geelani Gatoo, son of late Abdul Aziz Gatoo, resident of Malik Mohla of Shopian town; Abid Ahmad Shah, son of Mehraj-ud-Din Shah, resident of Nowpora-Bala; Faisal Amin Mir, son of Muhammed Amin Mir, resident of Bonbazar; Shakeel Ahmad Thoker, son of Ghulam Qadir Thoker, resident of Meminder village; Bilal Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Rasool Bhat, resident of Check-I-Choland; Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar son of Muhammed Khaliq Dar resident of Pahnoo village, an alleged militant.
Police sources said that Imtiyaz was already in jail but would be shifted to another jail after the fresh PSA.
A police officer told Kashmir Reader that of the eight, six have been moved to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu while two are still in police custody.
“They were involved in different militancy, stone peleting and law and order cases,” he said.
Sajad Ahmad Dar, whose 65-year-old father, Muhammad Lateef is among the booked persons said that it is the third PSA against his father in a row since 2016.
“The earlier cases has been quashed by court earlier but they booked again him on same cases. He was earlier jailed at Kathua, Pulwama,Srinagar central jail. My father is suffering from multiple ailment and despite being over 65 he was again booked on false charges,” Sajad said.
“We have nothing at home, our father was the lone bread earner. He is suffering from diabetes, stomach ailments,” he said adding that his father is languishing in jail for the last three years.
Family members of Shakeel Ahmad of Meminder said the fresh PSA on Shakeel was second since 2016.
“Despite quashing of cases he has been again booked,” they said, adding that he was the lone bread earner of an “impoverished” family.
Ghulam Geelani Gatoo’s brother, Bilal Ahmad said that Geelani is suffering from a hernia and has been in police remand since February.
“They used to tell us that he will be released soon, and we postponed the marriage of our sister, but last night they shifted him to Jammu jail without giving us a single minute to meet him,” he said.