BUDGAM: Abdul Hameed Fayaz, the president of Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu & Kashmir, along with scores of Hurriyat and Jama’at leaders were shifted to Srinagar Central Jail on Monday from various police stations they were detained at after being arrested in night raids at their homes two days ago.
Senior Superintendent of Police Budgam, Amod Kumar Nagpure, refused to disclose the exact number of the people who were arrested, but said that the detainees including chief of Jama’at-e-Isllami, Abdul Hameed Fayaz. He said the persons detained had been lodged in local police stations but had now been shifted to Central Jail Srinagar.
He said there were “different reasons” for the arrests. “Preventive detentions have been made to maintain peace and harmony in valley”, he said and added that to conduct upcoming elections smoothly and to maintain law and order, the arrests were carried out.
“The move is also aimed to curb the miscreants and stone-pelters who are hell bent on disrupting peace,” he said.
The SSP denied that PSA (Public Safety Act) had been slapped on the Jama’at chief or any other person arrested in Budgam.
When asked why there was detention of only Jama’at and Hurriyat leaders, he said, “There is no ban on any organisation as such. Basically, as per crime records we detain people when there is a threat to peace and harmony, no matter to which organisation they belong.”
“Among the detainees, few are stone-pelters, few are separatists, and few are from Jama’at cadre,” he said.
He further said, “The time period of detention is being recommended as per the nuisance value of the person.”
When asked about the possibility of more detentions in coming days, he said, “Yes, there is possibility of more detentions in the coming days, so that peaceful atmosphere is created to conduct elections.”
Sources told Kashmir Reader that joint teams of police, army, and paramilitary are still conducting raids to detain religious leaders and activists of Jama’at-e-Islami.
Meanwhile, the family members of the arrested persons have termed the detentions as “unethical” and “illegal”.