The government on Monday revoked Public Safety Act (PSA) against 31 persons who were detained in August last year and 14 of them have been released from from Central Jail.
The Home Department revoked the PSA of these 31 persons on Monday, who were lodged in different jails in Jammu and Central Jail Srinagar.
Earlier, 14 persons were released from Central Jail Srinagar after PSA slapped against them was revoked.
In the evening, PSA of 17 more detainees was also revoked.
“Of the 17 whose PSA has been revoked, 11 are lodged in Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu, four in District Jail Rajouri and two District Jail Kathua”, an official said.
The orders for the revocation were issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Home Department, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and a growing demand that the prisoners be released.
Among the 14 released in the morning from Srinagar Central Jail include Mudasir Fayaz Mir alias Aqib son of Fayaz Ahmad Mir of Kralpora, Chadoora in district Budgam, Fayaz Ahmad Batkoo son of Assad Ullah Batkoo of Reshi Mohalla, Tral Bala, in district Pulwama, Abid Hussain Sheikh son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Sheikh of Ashatngoo, Aloosa, district Bandipora, Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat son of Ali Mohammad Bhat of Sultanpora Marhama, Bijbehara in district Anantnag, Ishfaq Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Dar of SK Payeen, Bandipora, Dawood Ahmad Khan son of Mohammad Akbar Khan of Anderwali Sangerwani, Pulwama, Junaid Ahmad Khan son of Hasmatullah Khan of Brah Shangus in district Anantnag, Mehrajuddin Dentoo son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Dentoo of Malbafh Kralgund in district Kupwara, Mohammad Musaib Kanwaloo son of Ali Mohammad Kanwaloo of Nowpora in district Baramulla, Mohammad Iqbal Gorsi son of Keema Gorsi of Sangerwani in district Pulwama, Shahid Farooq Sofi son of Farooq Ahmad Sofi of Sempora Bomai in district Baramulla, Ghulam Mohiuddin Pandit son of Mohammad Asadullah Pandit of Bonpora, Pattan in district Baramulla, Nazaraf Hussain Khatana son of Bashir Ahmad Khatana of Sangerwani in district Pulwama and Suheel Ahmad Shagoo son of Habibullah Shagoo of Langate in district Kupwara.
Over 380 detainees including J&K Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom and Traders’ Association President Yaseen Khan are undergoing detention within and outside J&K prisons.
Besides, several mainstream leaders, including former CM and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leaders Naeem Akhtar, Sartaj Madni, Peer Mansoor, NC leaders Ali Mohammad Sagar and Hial Lone are still in detention.
Former IAS officer and head of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement Shah Faesal has also been booked under the PSA. CNS