Police violated court order: AI
Srinagar, May 19: The International Human Rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday took a serious note of Jammu and Kashmir Police violating the High Court order.
Pertinently, the High Court had quashed the detention of 17-year-old, Murtaza Manzoor of Zainakadal under Public Safety Act last week and had directed the state government to release him.
“Police violated the court order. Instead of releasing him (Manzoor) police sent him to Joint Interrogation Center (JIC) Jammu,” the AI, India Campaigner Bikramjeet Batra said in a statement.
“He (Manzoor) is likely be booked under second PSA, which is unconstitutional and illegal. We urge the state government not to book him again,” Batra said.
He said the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, had stated that the juvenile justice laws in Kashmir would be amended to bring them in line with international law and standards. “Despite such statements, children are being detained under the PSA, not once but repeatedly,” Batra said.
Manzoor, who is in jail from January this year, was booked under PSA on charges of stone-pelting on February 8, 2011 and the AI had launched a campaign to seek his immediate release.
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