Journalism student released on intervention of Education Minister

Tahir Hussain Mir, a student of journalism at the Media Education Research Centre (MERC), University of Kashmir, has been released after a prolonged detention under Public Safety Act (PSA).
Journalism student released on intervention of Education Minister
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Tahir Hussain Mir, a student of journalism at the Media Education Research Centre (MERC), University of Kashmir, has been released after a prolonged detention under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Tahir was detained in Srinagar Central Jail for almost one year after his arrest from his residence during summer uprising last year.

He was first lodged at Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu and later shifted to Central Jail Srinagar for his first semester exams on court orders.

Tahir was also sacked from his job in the State Education Services where he worked as a laboratory bearer.

His family said Tahir reached home Tuesday evening.

"He was released from jail 20 days ago and was under detention at police station Bandipora. He was released from police station yesterday and is with family now," said Reena, sister of Tahir Mir.

Minister for Education Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari had recently said he will pursue cases of all students detained during the 2016 uprising and get them released.

"I have rendered my personal efforts to get all the students detained during summer 2016 unrest released. Till date almost 30 students have been released," Bukhari told Greater Kashmir.

Addressing students during annual day function organized by SP higher secondary school here, the education minister said he will ensure that no FIR is registered against any student.

"I have already said that I will ensure that any student arrested during 2016 unrest will be released. One article was published in Greater Kashmir newspaper and I came to know that one journalism student of KU was booked under PSA in 2016. Now he has been released."

He said he has been regularly checking that no student has been arrested in 2017 and no case is registered against any student.

"A student from Doda is yet be released, his PSA period has been completed and I am trying my best to get him released before Durbar opens in Jammu," Bukhari said.

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