Samaan Latief from Srinagar

From Greater Kashmir: PSA slapped on Shopian minor…

“The state government has slapped Public Safety Act on a 14-year-old boy for being “threat to the security, sovereignty, integrity and peace of the State,” and has been shifted to District Jail Kathua.

The detention order passed by District Magistrate Shopian, M S Sood, states that the minor was stirring up the sentiments of locals and exploiting the youth for instigating violence.

Though date of birth certificate mentions the age of Basharat Yaqoob Beigh son of Muhammad Yaqoob of Shopian as 14 years, the detention order reflects his name as Umair Yakub Beigh and age as 19 years.

Basharat is an 8th class student of Shahi-i-Hamadan Memorial Institute Shopian.
The detention order reads: “You are instrumental in challenging the sovereignty and integrity of the State and have links with anti-national elements. You have destructive mind and were arranging public gathering and staging demonstrations against the state government.”

Detaining authority has accused the minor of having affiliation with Hurriyat Conference (G). “You came into contact with the Hurriyat (G) activists, who motivated you to work under the banner of Syed Ali Shah Geelani… In order to curb your activities, your detention under the PSA becomes imperative. It is prudent and legally desirable to detain you under Section 8 (3-b) of the Act so that you are restrained from further indulging in anti-social activities,” the order reads.

Basharat has been detained at District Jail Kathua. His family has filed a writ petition through Advocate Muhammad Ashraf Wani before the High Court seeking quashment of the detention.

After admitting the petition, court directed District Magistrate Shopian to file objections and listed the case in the last week of December.”

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