Jammu And Kashmir Government Says No Fresh Grounds To Detain 'Shri Masrat Alam'

9 March 2015
The Economic Times
Aman Sharma

New Delhi: The Jammu & Kashmir Government in a report to the Union Home Ministry has controversially addressed Masrat Alam as 'Shri Masrat Alam' while saying he is a separatist and was 'instrumental' in provoking Kashmiri youth into street protests and stone pelting in a 'big way' in 2010. The issue rocked both houses of Parliament on Monday with Home Minister Rajnath Singh saying the Centre was not consulted before releasing Alam and disapproved of the same. The J&K government in a report to the Home Ministry has however specified that Alam has been bailed out in all the cases against him - there are 27 FIRs against him as on date. The report has added that Alam was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) 'intermittently' since February 4, 2010 and there are 'no fresh grounds' for his continued detention, therefore, he has been released. The last time Alam was booked under PSA was September 24, 2014, the report sent to the MHA says. 'As per Section 18(1) (b) of PSA Act, a person whose activities are prejudicial to the security of the State can be detained for six months in the first instance which can be extended up to two years. Further, the Hon'able High Court has laid down that a person cannot be detained twice under the same grounds. For fresh detention, there needs to be fresh grounds, Shri Masrat Alam has been detained 8 times since 2010 and there are no fresh grounds for booking him under PSA,' the J&K Government report has said, which was accessed by ET. The report says Alam was detained under PSA twice in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 - pushing him behind bars for almost five years now. The J&K government has twice referred to him as 'Shri Masrat Alam' in its report. 'Shri Masrat Alam is a separatist and was instrumental in provoking the Kashmiri Youth into street protests and stone pelting in a big way in the year 2010, subsequent to which he was arrested and detained,' the report says. It also specifies that out of the 27 FIRs registered against Alam since 1995, he has been charge-sheeted in nine cases while 16 other cases are 'still under investigation'. Cases against Alam include those on charges of attempt to murder and rioting.