64 civilians booked under PSA: Govt

Srinagar, Oct 9: The government Saturday said that 64 civilians have been booked under the Public Safety Act for stone pelting during the ongoing unrest across the Valley while 22 separatists were...

Srinagar, Oct 9: The government Saturday said that 64 civilians have been booked under the Public Safety Act for stone pelting during the ongoing unrest across the Valley while 22 separatists were also booked under the provisions of the Act since the beginning of this year.
In a written reply to separate questions by National Panthers Party legislator Syed Rafiq Shah and Peoples Democratic Party legislator Murtaza Khan in the Legislative Council, seeking the numbers of civilians and separatists booked under preventive laws, the government said 64 civilians were booked from April 2010 to September 30, 2010 for cases ranging from stone pelting and arson to instigating people to stage anti-India protests.
 Of these, 22 have been booked in Srinagar, 19 in Budgam and 12 in Varmul district.
 The youngest PSA detainee is 17-year-old Sarwar Iqbal Rather of Dharambugh, Chadoora, Budgam while the eldest is Ali Muhammad Dar, 52, of Zoolwa, Chadoora. Both have been booked for their "affiliation with Hurriyat (G), indulging in stone-pelting on police and paramilitary CRPF, for organizing anti-India protests, instigating others to join the protests and thereby creating law and order problems."
 Both have been lodged in Kotbalwal Jail, Jammu.
 The government, in a separate written reply, said 22 activists of various separatist originations were booked under PSA from January 2010 to September 30, 2010.
 Of these, 14 have been arrested for having direct affiliations with the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference.
 The arrestees include Democratic Freedom Party chief Shabir Ahmad Shah; Ghulam Nabi Sumji (close aid of Geelani); Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Syeda Asiya Abdrabi and Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom.
 Government said Asiya and Qayoom "besides having secessionist ideology issued calls for hartals and bandhs which created law and order problems in the state during recent agitation."

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