SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir administration has booked over 2,300 people in more than 1,200 cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and 954 people under the Public Safety Act (PSA) since 2019, reported The Indian Express.
According to reports, of these, 46 per cent of those booked under UAPA and about 30 per cent of those detained under PSA are still in jail, both inside and outside J&K.
Quoting official police data The Indian Express reported that 699 people were detained under PSA in 2019, and 160 in 2020. In 2021, 95 people were detained under PSA till July-end. Of these, 284 continue to remain under detention.
In the first 30 days after August 5, 2019, at least 290 people were booked under PSA, including former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. According to government sources, at least 250 people booked under this law were from Kashmir region.
Of the 2,364 people arrested under UAPA, 918 were held in 437 cases in 2019, 953 people in 557 cases in 2020, and 493 in 275 cases till July-end this year (249 cases in Kashmir, 26 in Jammu). Of these, 1,100 continue to remain in custody, reported The Indian Express.
While the number of PSA cases showed a marked decrease in 2020, the number of UAPA cases increased. This is a “shift on the part of the police to book individuals under the more stringent law instead of PSA, which required regular extensions of custody,” the report quoted a legal expert as having said.
Meanwhile, according to official sources, over 5,500 people were taken into preventive custody under Section 107 of the CrPC in 2019. Home department sources said all of them have since been released, reported The Indian Express.