Lawyers stage demo to seek release of colleagues
UMER MAQBOOL DAR
Srinagar, Oct 13: Members of Kashmir Bar Association (KBA) took to the streets here on Wednesday to seek the release of their president Mian Abdul Qayoom, general secretary Ghulam Nabi Shaheen and their another colleague, Muhammad Shafi Reshi, who were booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) in July this year.
Scores of lawyers assembled in Sadder Court complex this morning and took out a protest march.
“We will continue protests until our colleagues are released. This is direct attack on judiciary,” Tanveer Ahmed Bhat, KBA treasurer told Greater Kashmir.
The KBA vice–president Ejaz Bedar said lawyers from across the valley would stage a protest in Sadder Court on Thursday against continued detentions of theor leaders.
The lawyers are on strike from July 7, this year to protest against arrest of its members.
Mian Abdul Qayoom was detained on charges of “misusing the KBA platform for secessionist activities, providing legal aid to striking employees, encouraging stone-pelters and launching separate probes against incidents.” Qayoom has also been accused of “questioning genuineness of anti-militancy operations by the forces ” in the dossier prepared by police.
The KBA general secretary Ghulam Nabi Shaheen was booked for “challenging accession of state to India and instigating violence in the Valley” .
The High Court quashed their detention orders, but they were again booked under Act-which allows 2-year detention without trial.
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