Srinagar, Oct 9: Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh, 18, a resident of Saidapora Nowhatta—the lone brother of seven sisters—was Wednesday booked for the second time under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and has been shifted to sub-jail in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.
Police confirmed that Mushtaq has been booked under PSA and claimed that he is involved in stone throwing. His family however deny his involvement.
Earlier when Mushtaq was detained under PSA, the Amnesty International (AI) termed him as a minor and sought his immediate release.
Mushtaq is the sole breadwinner of his family. He has been doing small-time jobs ranging from a bus conductor to street vendor to support his family.
"He has booked under PSA on the charges of stone throwing," an official at the office of Superintendent of Police (North Srinagar) told Greater Kashmir.
Family members of Mushtaq said he was arrested on September 19. "Police says he is involved in stone pelting. He is a mini-bus conductor and is not involved in stone-throwing," said a sister of Mushtaq.
She said that it for the second time that Mushtaq has been booked under PSA. "Earlier in 2008 Mushtaq was detained under PSA. He was detained in Kot Balwal Jammu," she said.
Mushtaq's sister said soon after his arrest on September 19, a local court granted Mushtaq bail on September 27. "Police arrested him outside the court again and was he taken to the office of SSP Srinagar. He was kept there for some time," she said, adding initially they were not allowed to meet their brother. "Police later allowed our mother and two sisters to him," she said.
Pertinently in November 2010, the Amnesty International (AI) has castigated the Jammu and Kashmir Government over the detention of Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh of Nowhatta.