The PDP-BJP government has booked 77 persons under Public Safety Act in the past six months, while 240 persons were detained under the Act during the past two-and-a-half years.
In a written reply to clubbed question of National Conference legislators ShowkatHussainGanie, ShehnazGanai and Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri about the number of persons—including political leaders booked under PSA from 2014 to June 2016—the government said in the past two years (2014, 2015) and the current year (upto June 12), 2016, 240 persons have been detained under the provisions of the Public Safety Act of 1978 and the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic and Drugs Act.
The government details reveal that this year the number of PSA detentions (percentage-wise in comparison to previous years) is on the higher side and in six months, 77 persons have been booked under the Act.
"Out of 77 booked under PSA during last six months, 20 have been released while 57 are under detention," the reply reveals.
It further reveals that during 2015, 94 persons were booked under PSA of which 64 have been released while 30 are under detention.
In 2014, 69 persons were slapped the PSA and all of them were released.
"1075 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been lodged during this period. However, it would not be feasible to disclose the names of these detunes in view of security considerations," the government said in its reply.
To another question about the number of PSAs slapped and revoked during 2010, the reply reads that during 2010, 182 persons "involved" in stone-pelting were detained under provisions of JK PSA and all of them were released after completion/quashment/revocation of detention term upto ending 2014.
About the criteria for slapping the PSA, the government said detention orders are generally passed by the District Magistrate(s) on consideration of the dossier prepared by the concerned SSP or SP.
"Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case and after satisfying himself about the adequacy of the material placed before him and the activities of the subject, District Magistrate concerned passes an order under Section (8)(1)(a)(i) or (a-i) of the Act," the reply said.
"The order is to be approved by the government within 12 days in terms of sub-section (4) of the section (8) of the Act. If approved, the case is then forwarded to the State advisory Board constituted for the purpose for its opinion."
To another question about steps taken by the government to revoke Disturbed Area Act from the state in a phased manner, the government states that the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act 1997, ceased to be in force w.e.f. 7th October, 1998. However, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is in operation in various districts. The need and desirability of revocation of AFSPA in various areas of the State requires critical review of the security situation and other relevant factors."
Regarding disbanding of Village Defence Committees, the government said there is no such proposal in view the security scenario in the state and "role" played by the VDCs.