Jammu Mus­lim leader booked un­der PSA, jailed

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRI­NA­GAR—A Jammu-based Mus­lim leader has been has been booked un­der the dra­co­nian Pub­lic Safety Act and jailed at Kot Bhal­wal prison last month.

Syed Shabir Ah­mad Shah, pres­i­dent Mus­lim De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum, who lives in Mo­halla Jee­van Shah, has been ac­cused of be­ing a ‘ha­bit­ual crim­i­nal, mis­chievous cheater and a des­per­ate char­ac­ter’ and a ‘threat to peace’.

The PSA dossier says that a num­ber of cases in the state as well as out­side are reg­is­tered against him and his ac­tiv­i­ties are “prej­u­di­cial to the law”.

“He has cre­ated ter­ror among lo­cals and dis­turbs the tempo of life of the com­mu­nity re­sult­ing which gen­eral pub­lic is feel­ing in­se­cure (sic),” it said adding, “he has cre­ated ter­ror among peace lov­ing peo­ple of the area”.

Also, it said, Shabir “claims to be pres­i­dent of Mus­lim Fo­rum and uses the Fo­rum for his vested in­ter­ests that is land grab­bing and cheat­ing gen­eral peo­ple”.

The PSA or­der is­sued on 25 May 2016 by Jammu district mag­is­trate Sim­ran­jeet Singh says that a to­tal of 15 cases and com­plaints stand reg­is­tered against Shabir.

His fam­ily, how­ever, said courts have dis­missed all the cases. Four days af­ter pass­ing the PSA or­der, Sim­ran­jeet in­vited Shabir for dis­cussing Ra­mad­han prepa­ra­tions in the re­gion.

Jammu’s cen­tral Jamia Masjid Imam Mufti Mo­ham­mad Inay­at­ul­lah Qasmi vouched for Shabir’s in­no­cence, say­ing he has been work­ing for wel­fare of peo­ple.

“Many peo­ple were against road widen­ing in Jamia Masjid area but he en­sured to get the bot­tle­necks such as ho­tels re­moved, which irked many,” he said.

“That’s why he is called as crim­i­nal other­wise he did not com­mit any mur­der. He al­ways worked for ben­e­fit of peo­ple,” Qasmi Reader.

Fo­rum mem­ber Showkat Ali of Khatikan Talab cor­rob­o­rated Qasim, say­ing Shabir’s ef­forts to get some struc­tures re­moved in the area for widen­ing of road did not go well with “some quar­ters”.

He said their at­tempt to seek ap­point­ment with chief min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti did not yield any out­come. “Later, Shabir’s fam­ily brought the is­sue into the no­tice of PDP leader Sar­taj Madni last month,” he added. told Kash­mir

Shabir’s brother Syed Ab­dul Ma­jid Shah said Madni told them they should ap­proach the court and get the Act quashed there.

He said po­lice and land grab­bers have ganged up against Shabir af­ter he pur­sued cases against them in Khatikan Talab and Gu­j­jar Na­gar ar­eas.

“The past cases which have been shown in the dossier are set­tled in the court,” he said over phone, adding “our pleas for meet­ing Me­hbooba Mufti did not ma­te­ri­al­ize”.

To prove Shabir’s cre­den­tials, Shah said his brother held Chahrum prayers for late chief min­is­ter Mufti Mo­ham­mad Say­eed in Jammu and at­tended In­dia’s repub­lic day cer­e­mony ev­ery year. Sim­ran­jeet told Kash­mir Reader the po­lice twice sent him PSA dossiers against Shabir.

“The first time I re­jected the dossier pre­pared by the po­lice. They again sent the dossier with such charges as in­cit­ing com­mu­nal ten­sions. I passed the or­der on the ba­sis of what po­lice had rec­om­mended in the dossier,” he said.

In­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice Jammu Dan­ish Rana was not avail­able for his com­ment. Jammu se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Su­nil Gupta told Kash­mir Reader that he will check the de­tails of the case. How­ever, when KR called him later, he did not re­spond to the calls.

The PSA, which Amnesty In­ter­na­tional called as ‘law­less law’, was in­tro­duced in Jammu and Kash­mir dur­ing 1978 and af­ter amend­ments, it al­lows a per­son to be de­tained for up to one year with­out trial.—KR

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