Persons booked under PSA: SHRC seeks compliance report from authorities within four weeks | KNO

Persons booked under PSA: SHRC seeks compliance report from authorities within four weeks | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, April 03 (KNO) : The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan to file its response to a petition, seeking details of the persons detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) so far. According to a statement issued to KNO, the petition in this regard was filed by the chairman of International Forum for Justice Human Rights JK (IFJHRJK), Ahsan Untoo. Untoo had sought directions to authorities to shift the PSA detainees to the nearest place of their residence. Chairperson of the SHRC Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki today sought compliance report within four weeks, the petitioner told KNO. “Innocent civilians have been booked under the draconian Public Safety Act and have been lodged in the different jails of State of Jammu and Kashmir and more particularly outside the Valley,” he said. He said that it’s the beauty of the constitution that certain fundamental rights have been guaranteed to the citizens of the state and one of the cherished right is the right to life defined under the Article 21. “Article 19 of the constitution regarding the right of speech and expression cannot be curtailed by mere excuse that someone is criticizing the policy of the government, and the persons’ who has been detained under PSA is absolute vengeances on the part of the respondents (officials),” he said. He further said, “The persons who have been detained under PSA and have been lodged outside valley as part of the state policy to harass them and is one of the great human rights violations on the part of the respondents and the respondents are duty bound to adhere the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.” The petitioner sought transfer of all the detainees lodged under PSA outside valley to the district jails were they actually belong to so that their relatives, kith and kin can have easy access to meet them.(KNO)