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Shabir's grounds for PSA detention

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

KT NEWS SERVICE: (A leaf from last year’s dossier)
SRINAGAR, June 15: After he was released from Srinagar Central Jail on June 6, 2009, the authorities have once again slapped draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA) against senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah and detained him.
District Magistrate Srinagar has served a dossier to Shah detailing the grounds of his detention, a major portion of which appears to be a leaf from the dossier served to Shah last year.
Shah, according to the fresh dossier, has been convicted for organising a meeting of his party workers, enforcing strike, and for raising “anti-national” slogans to protest against Shopian incident.
“Acting pursuant to the decision so taken, you along [with] your associates appeared in Sanat Nagar Chowk and raised anti-national slogans, forced the people to close their business establishments and instigated the general public to raise their voices against the so called Indian occupation,” the report read.
The six-page dossier actually dates back to June 8, 2008. The same old dossier has been served to Shah with minor changes and a new date written on it, without removing the old date.
Earlier, on December 15, Principal Secretary Home J&K government had issued detention order bearing number Home/PB-V/2363 of Shah. On Mar 26, 2009 the government revoked the order in terms of section 17 (2) of J&K Public Safety Act (PSA). Shah walked out of Srinagar Central Jail on May 25, 2009.
The report of District Magistrate bearing number DMS/PSA/Jud/25-28/2009 reads the grounds of detention as: “Shabir Shah has direct liaison with APHC, executes its policies and objectives and has played a very important role in the unification of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC).”
Shah has been convicted for motivating Kashmiri Muslim youth to join militant organisations and other secessionist groups.
He has also been convicted for distributing and circulating “anti-national” and “highly objectionable” literature among the denizens of the state, and for giving a political colour to the activities of “anti-national elements”.
“Shah urged people to observe February 5, 2009 as Integration Day both in Kashmir and Pakistan. It was the statement to corrupt the psyche of Kashmiri youth and create an impression that Kashmir ought to have been the part of Pakistan,” the report reads.
According to the dossier, the statements issued to the press by Shah were indicative of his intentions “having a bearing on the maintenance of security of state which otherwise assumed a semblance of normalcy”.
“At the behest of the enemies of the country the secessionist elements including you (Shah) are being portrayed in different form so as to dilute the criminality attached to your activities,” the report read with inputs from statements issued in different newspapers in the Valley time and again.
Shah has also been convicted for portraying prominent martyred liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt as hero in a statement and ridiculing the judicial system.
Interestingly, all these statements that form part of the dossier, were made by Shah during his previous detention in prison under Public Safety Act (PSA). Within months of these series of statements that the dossier points out, Shah was released. The separatist leader, it is pertinent to mention here, was released last month after his arrest in August 2008, when a similar dossier was served to him, detailing grounds for his detention under PSA.
The present also details his role in 2008 land row agitation as one of the grounds. The report maintains that at Shah’s instance public resorted to violence during Amarnath land row in 2008.
“Shah during the unlawful assemblies in August 2008 delivered highly objectionable and inflammatory speeches,” the report read. “Since after your (Shah’s) release there was an immediate threat to the public peace and also an apprehension of commission of some cognizable offences, you are arrested and produced against in terms of section 107, 151, Cr PC. and subsequently would be detained under the provisions of PSA 1978.”

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