Anantnag: Days after his obscene pictures and a video went viral on social media, the chairman of politico-religious group Ummat-e-Islami (UeI), Qazi Ahmad Yasir, has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and sent to a Jammu jail.
The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) Tehsil President in Anantnag, Ashiq Narchoor, has also been booked under the controversial act and sent to the Hiranagar jail in Jammu.
Yasir was arrested last week following his visit to Redwini area of Kulgam district where people have been protesting against the establishment of a new camp.
While he was in detention his obscene pictures and a video went viral on the social media evoking widespread public outrage and demands for his removal from the post of a “self styled Mirwaiz”
Feeling the pressure the Qazi family posted a video of Abdullah Shah on a news portal run by Yasir’s brother. Shah posed as the patron of Idara-e-Tehqiqaat (IeT), a religious seminary run under the banner of UeI, and announced that Yasir has been removed from “all posts”
A couple of days after the announcement was made, the authorities announced that Yasir has been booked under the PSA and shifted to Jammu.
The police have maintained that Yasir has been booked for “anti state” activities and has been shifted to Jammu.
A senior police official confirmed this while talking to Kashmir Reader.
“Yes, he and Asiq Narchoor have both been booked,” the official said.
Interestingly, this is only the second time Yasir has been booked under the controversial act, the first being in 2010 when he was behind the bars for four months.
Narchoor, on the other hand, has served jail from 2005 to 2010 for alleged militant links. In the following years he has been regularly held and kept under detention for days at a stretch.
A few years back Narchoor joined the TeH, following which his detentions have been more frequent. He works as a teacher at a private school.