NC, PDP, Cong on same page in slapping PSA

1537 Detentions By Omar Regime, 1266 By Mufti, 1010 By Azad

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Dec 15: The incumbent ruling alliance-National Conference and Congress- is proving no more atypical from the preceding regime while using much despised and controversial Public Safety Act (PSA) in the State. About 1537 persons were detained by the present coalition government under PSA in four years against 2276 detained by PDP-Congress coalition between 2003 and 2008.
The official information obtained by Greater Kashmir reveals that 1537 persons were detained during the last four years after coalition government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took over reins of the State.
According to the information, 303 persons were detained in 2009 – the lowest figure of detentions since 2002. But during 2010 when the Kashmir valley witnessed unrest and killing of more than 120 persons particularly youth, the Act was indiscriminately used against the people irrespective of their age.  617 persons were booked in the same year.
412 persons were booked in 2011 under the law even as global rights bodies like Amnesty International (AI) started a full-fledged campaign to get the controversial law repealed.
In 2012, the year described as the most peaceful by the Centre and State governments, 205 persons were detained under PSA.
Pertinently, the term of detention under PSA was reduced from two year and one year to six and three months respectively by the present government through amendments in the Act earlier this year. But rights bodies claim that the changes in the law have failed to make any visible impact on ground.
The previous Peoples Democratic Party- Congress coalition also holds ignominious distinction of using the law “indiscriminately”.
In 2003, 04 and 05 when coalition government led by PDP was in power, 378, 516 and 372 persons were detained under PSA taking the total number to 1266.
In the next two years during Chief Ministership of Ghulam Nabi Azad, 1010 persons were detained under the Act. In 2008, when rule of Azad was for first seven months and Governor’s rule for remaining five months- 425 persons were booked under the law.
According to statistics, 503 persons were detained in 2002 till November when Farooq Abdullah was chief minister.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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