Amid the ongoing unrest in the Valley, the J&K Police has recommended invocation of the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) against 205 persons, and have already got approval for making 174 arrests under the Act.
Since protests erupted in the Valley, the J&K Police have arrested 1,888 protesters and kept nearly 600 people in preventive custody.
Official police records reveal that the police have so far recommended PSA — a law that allows the government to put a person behind bars for six months without a trial — against 205 persons. The dossiers against these people were submitted to different Deputy Commissioners for arrest warrants. Police records also show that while the DCs have already approved PSA against 174 persons, they have returned 19 dossiers without any arrest warrant. Out of the 174 warrants approved by the DCs, 109 persons have already been arrested under the Act.
The maximum PSA approvals were given by Baramulla Deputy Commissioner Syed Nasir Naqash. Police had recommended PSA against 41 persons in police districts of Sopore and Baramulla — 24 in Sopore and 17 in Baramulla — and Naqash approved all of them. This was followed by Anantnag district where police recommended PSA against 33 people and DC Abid Rashid approved 28 requests and returned five without a warrant.
The lowest number of PSAs were recommended in Budgam and Kupwara districts. In Budgam, nine people were recommended for PSA, while in Kupwara, police had submitted dossiers against 11 people.
Apart from that, out of 1,888 people arrested by the police till the end of August, 1,335 have been either secured bail or have been released, while 553 are still in police custody. The highest number of arrests was in Srinagar — 476 people. Out of them, 401 have got bail.