Boy,16,booked under PSA

Hazratbal residents protest: Police say ‘he is threat to peace’

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Apr 3: While the J&K government is facing flak from rights bodies over booking ‘minors’ under the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA), authorities have slapped PSA on a 16-year-old boy from Hazratbal for his alleged involvement in ‘stone-throwing’ and ‘disruption of peace’, a charge denied by his family.
The detention is in contravention to the amendments made in the PSA last year which makes it clear that no youth below 18 years of age can be detained under the Act.
Documents in possession of Greater Kashmir reveal that Aasif Majeed Shaksaz son of Abdul Majeed Skaksaz of Yatoo Mohalla Hazratbal, who was detained under the Act on 25th of March, is 15 years old. The certificate issued to the detainee by the Headmaster Government Middle School (Boys) Gasoo Gulab Bagh and counter-signed by the Zonal Education Officer Gulab Bagh reads: “It is to certify that DOB of Aasif Majid Shakshaz son of Abdul Majid Shaksaz resident of Yatoo Maholla Hazratbal Sgr as per school record is 30-4-1997 under admission number 1260 dated 24-09-2005.” This implies that the present age of  Aasif is 15 years, 11 months and 3 days—just short of 27 days to turn 16.
The District Magistrate Srinagar vide order No DMS/PSA/58/2012 dated 25-3-2013 reads that “after perusal of records submitted by the Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar, and after applying my mind carefully and having regard to the requirements of law, I am satisfied that with a view to prevent Aasif Majeed Shaksaz son of Abdul Majeed Skaksaz resident of Yatoo Mohalla Hazratbal from acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order, it is necessary to detain the said person under the provisions of J&K Public Safety Act.”
The order further reads that “after verifying the present status of lodgement capacity of Central Jail, Srinagar, which is overcrowded, I District Magistrate Srinagar am constrained to direct the lodgment of detenue at District Jail, Baramulla which I order accordingly.”
Pertinently, the amendments made by the government last year provide that no youth below 18 years of age can be detained under the Act. The arrest comes at a time when Jammu and Kashmir enacted new law on juvenile justice for securing child rights in the State
Aasif’s brother told CNS that Aasif was picked up by police when he was returning to home from Habakk area. “He works at an automobile shop and he was not a stone-thrower,” he said.
Police, while giving his grounds of detention, has depicted his age as 19 years approximately and mentioned in its order that Aasif has “frequently come in the adverse notice of the police for his involvement in anti-social activities aimed at disturbing the public tranquility and peace in the city.”
Police in its records have claimed that Aasif is “threat to peace and involved in almost all stone-pelting incidents which have taken place in the jurisdiction of Police Station Zakoora since last three years, either directly or indirectly.” “He has been specifically identified as an accused person in case FIR No. 15/2013 under section 188,147,148,149,336,353,427 RPC of Police Station Zakura,” police record maintains. 
Officials at Superintendent of Police (SP) office at Hazratbal told Greater Kashmir that they do not know about PSA being slapped on the boy. “He is seen pelting stones everywhere,” they alleged, he is detained in police station.
Meanwhile, as the news of Aasif’s PSA spread at Hazratbal, locals took to streets and shouted slogans against the government. “Kashmiri boys are being implicated in false cases,” they said.
The protesters, including the relatives of Aasif, blocked the main roads of Hazratbal, causing massive traffic jam.
(WITH INPUTS FROM CNS)

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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