Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) state spokesperson on Thursday said that amendment of Public Safety Act (PSA) in 2011 by Omar Abdullah led NC-Congress coalition government was "politically motivated and meant to please the pro-Pak separatists".
"Omar Abdullah's decision had no justification because housing hardcore militants in jails within the state only promoted militancy and separatist forces," said Brig Anil Gupta, State spokesperson of BJP. "The misuse of this provision became very evident since the militants were enjoying five star facilities inside Central Jail Kashmir and other jails of the state under political patronage."
"The seizures made from Srinagar and Baramulla Central Jails and the escape from police custody of dreaded militant Nadeem Jatt thoroughly exposed the reality of the happenings inside the jails," said Brig Gupta.
"There was a comparative calm in separatist activities when the likes of Geelani, Yasin Malik were lodged in jails outside the state," he said. "The present day spurt in separatist activities can be directly attributed to that amendment because under the garb of house arrest these separatist leaders stay inside their houses and continue with their political activities."
The BJP spokesperson said that the decision of Omar Abdullah was not in national interest but "part of the appeasement politics for which both the Congress and NC are notorious".
He said that BJP welcomes and appreciates the decision taken by the State Administration Council (SAC) headed by NN Vohra and head of the government to cancel the "motivated" amendment made by Omar Abdullah and approved deletion of Section 10 of the PSA. "This would restore status quo ante and enable lodging of the detainees under PSA in any jail in the country," he said.
Brig Gupta said that BJP also strongly condemns the statements of separatist leaders and JKNC General Secretary, Ali Mohammad Sagar and PDP's criticism regarding the decision of the SAC. "It is ridiculous that the decision is being linked with State's special status," he said. "Even legally a detainee has no right to decide his place of detention and the discretion lies with the lodger".
He said that JKNC, PDP and other Valley based politicians are trying to emotionally exploit the people by linking this issue with Article 370 and 35A.