232 under-trials lodged in JK jails

RTI Reveals 219 More Serving Detention Under PSA

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Dec 14: Amid an uproar against detentions and convictions in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Government has disclosed that 232 local under-trials, charged of being militants or their over-ground workers, are behind the bars in the State while 219 more people, including 120 foreign nationals, are serving detention under the controversial Public Safety Act. About 44 foreign nationals are also facing trial in the State.
The information has been obtained through Right to Information Act. The RTI details further reveal that other 32 persons, including a foreigner, convicted by different courts are presently undergoing imprisonment.
The information, however, furnished by the State Home Department is silent about the number of Kashmiris either facing trial or convicted outside the State.
About PSA detentions, the Government says that 219 persons including 99 State subjects and 120 foreigners are presently serving detention under the law which permits detention for six months without trial. Among the 99 State subjects, 58 have been termed in the reply as militants and OGWs. Only 7 have been shown in separatist and stone-thrower categories. The remaining 41 are involved in normal crime- smuggling and drug peddling.
About 120 foreign nationals are serving detention under PSA within and outside the State. As per the reply, 21 foreign nationals including nine under-trials are presently languishing in jails outside the State and 99 foreign nationals, serving detention under the PSA, are lodged in State jails.
The application for getting the information was filed by Irfan Hafiz Lone, president People Against Corruption and vice-president Baramulla Bar Association.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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