16 persons detained under PSA in August released

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As many as 16 persons detained under Public Safety Act were released from central jail Srinagar on Monday. Officials said more releases were on cards.

The 16 persons were detained just before or on August 5, 2019, when the central government scrapped the special status of J&K.

The release of the detainees came after Home Department revoked their PSA orders.

“Today PSA order of 16 persons detained in central jail Srinagar was revoked,” a Home Department official told Greater Kashmir. “We have directed their immediate release.”

He said that all of them were arrested in August last year. “Hopefully more such detainees will be released in coming days,” he said, adding that steps were being taken to decongest jails in view of coronavirus outbreak.

The official informed that there were 129 PSA detainees in Srinagar central jail.

Home Department officials said that they are scrutinising the cases of other PSA detainees. “Most of them are likely to be released in phased manner in coming days.”

Earlier, the Home Department revoked PSA of 14 persons and they were freed from central jail.