Day after Jammu and Kashmir High Court quashed the detention of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson Asiya Andrabi under Public Safety Act (PSA), authorities shifted her from Baramulla jail to Women's Police Station Rambagh here.
Family members of Asiya told Greater Kashmir that they were made to wait for entire day after producing release orders before the Baramulla jail authorities.
"We reached Baramulla Jail at around 10:30 am today and provided original copy of the court order, directing authorities to release her. We were asked to wait and assured that she would be released," said Irfana, sister-in-law of Asiya.
She added that with each passing hour, they asked the jail authorities reason for the delay in her release. "The jail authorities wanted to buy the time by repeatedly telling us that she would be released shortly," she said.
Irfana said that it was around 3:30 pm that authorities boarded Asiya in police vehicle. "We asked the authorities reason and informed that we have our vehicle to take her back to home. The authorities refused to release her, telling that she would be dropped by the police vehicle at her home," she said.
She added that the family members followed the police vehicle, carrying Asiya. "We thought that she would be dropped at her home. But we got shocked as at Jahangir Chowk, the vehicle changed route and landed at Women's police station Rambagh," she said.
But authorities at Women's police station refused to release Asiya, citing reasons that they have not received any such orders from higher ups, she said.
The family members said that authorities must show respect to the court orders and release Asiya without any further delay.
The court quashed PSA detention of Asiya on Thursday (December 15). "The grounds of detention are vague unsupported by any material. Routine allegations without any supporting material cannot form base for order of detention," court had said.
"Keeping in view the facts, circumstances and the law, the only inescapable conclusion is that the order of detention is unsustainable, as such, quashed. Detenue shall be released forthwith," court had added.
Asiya was arrested on October 4 and later lodged in sub-jail Baramulla.