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J&K: Separatist hardliner Masarat Alam remanded to police custody

Masarat Alam was earlier released in March this year after spending four years in jail, triggering a political row in the state.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published: September 2, 2015 9:03:00 pm
separatist hardliner Masarat Alam Separatist leader Masarat Alam.

A day after re-arresting separatist hardliner Masarat Alam under the Public Safety Act, the Jammu Kashmir Police on Wednesday obtained seven days remand for his custodial interrogation from the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in a case of sedition registered in 2012.

Granting seven days remand to the police, CJM Suneet Gupta observed the CD file reveals that Masarat Alam has been taken into custody by the police on suspicion of his involvement in a case registered as FIR No. 3 of 2012 at police station, Joint Interrogation Centre under various provisions of Ranbir Penal Code and Enemy Agents Ordinance. To get evidence against the accused, the investigating officer has sought some time for his custodial interrogation, the judge pointed out.

Agreeing to the request of the IO, the judge granted seven days police remand of Masarat Alam, with the direction to produce him before court after the expiry of the remand period. The judge also directed the police to intimate accused’s close relatives about his arrest and also get him medically examined after every 48 hours.

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The separatist leader was re-arrested from the gates of high-security Kot Bhalwal jail soon after he was released following state high court’s order quashing his detention under PSA last month. Ordering his release, the court had described Masarat’s detention as “undemocratic and repugnant to rule of law’’.

He was earlier released in March this year after spending four years in jail, triggering a political row in the state. The ruling Peoples Democratic Party under pressure from ally BJP and the Central government re-arrested him on April 17 on charges of sedition and waging war against the state. He had on April 15 raised pro-Pak slogans at a separatist rally organized to welcome Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Srinagar where Pakistani flags were also hoisted.

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