SRINAGAR: The J&K Government has booked a 24-year-old journalism student, Adil Farooq Bhat, under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) and sent him nearly 300 km away to Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu. Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Adil’s father, told Kashmir Reader that his son was booked under PSA on February 1, some 19 days after he handed him over to police for questioning.
“In the last week of December, army raided my home in Khrew (Pampore) looking for my son. He was not at home at the time. I promised that I will personally send my son when he returns from university, where he was sitting for exams,” Farooq said.
“Then, when I took him to police on January 12, I was told that he is needed for 14 days of questioning and will be released on January 26. On February 1, he was booked under Public Safety Act and sent to jail in Jammu. I request the government to please transfer him to Srinagar Jail so that he could at least complete his studies,” Farooq said.
He said that Adil is studying journalism at Central University of Kashmir and was about to finish his masters in June this year. He said Adil is the second of his three children and the family had high hopes of him. Adil’s elder brother is specially-abled, he said, and his youngest sister is a Class 6 student.
The police dossier on Adil has described him as working for banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba as an over-ground worker (OGW). The dossier seeks his detention under PSA on the grounds that his activities are prejudicial to the security of the state and normal laws are not sufficient to deter him from “anti-national” activities.
These allegations were refuted by Farooq Ahmad Bhat who said his son was innocent of all these charges.