The Central government has revealed that 7392 persons were apprehended in Kashmir during the past four months in a "bid to normalize situation" in the region.
In a written reply, the Union Home Ministry has disclosed that 7392 persons were arrested and bound down in Kashmir during the 4-month long unrest that was triggered by the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by forces in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on July 8.
Following the pan-Kashmir protests over the killing, the State Government went all out to subdue the protests by detaining protesters under different sections of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) pertaining to "rioting" and even attempt to murder and also under controversial Public Safety Act.
According to the MHA, 4372 "accused" were arrested in 2513 FIRs lodged by the State police, the reply states.
The Ministry also revealed that 2548 persons were bound down/ detained during this period when Kashmir witnessed continuous lockdown and protests.
It also said that 472 persons were detained under the Public Safety Act, the Ministry states.
From time to time, global rights bodies have urged the J&K Government to repeal the PSA that was enacted in late 70s. In 2008, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions ruled that 10 individuals detained under the PSA in J&K had been arbitrarily detained in violation of articles 7, 9, 10 and 11(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 9 and 14 of the ICCPR.
Three years later, in 2011, the Amnesty International described the law as a "lawless law Interestingly, the Government of India has also disclosed that 525 notices were also served during the unrest. "Also 525 notices under section 25 of Police Act were served," the Ministry said.