Masarrat sent to central jail on judicial remand
AALIYA AHMED ECENTLY I was walking in Civil Lines area of Srinagar and my eyes stayed for a while on few girls and boys who were segregating solid waste in the mounds of heap that had been piling in the beautiful city. These were the rag pickers whom we find in every other street. For a moment I pondered – what if these pickers stop coming to Kashmir! What will happen to the city if it is not cleaned up by a section we do not even acknowledge – to the beautiful city that has been referred in some history books as Venice of East.
Will a cleaner Srinagar city remain on the postcards of past or has the government will to change the face of this city at least for the sake of tourists and the ‘Sultans of Darbar Move’?
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on which lies the onus of keeping the city clean has not been able to cope with the quantum of work. The corporation to partly absolve itself or temper the criticism keeps on giving us the figures – garbage in tonnes produced by the ‘city-zens’ on daily basis. By divulging this essential piece of information the corporation is trying to tell people that they are also party to the ruined state of the city. For a corporation which is well-provided with ‘competent’ officers, it shouldn’t be an issue. Or else they must call a quit.
About the rag pickers, they clean our city without any financial help from SMC or from those dozens of NGOs who are taking funds from the government and other agencies in the name of keeping the city clean. The rag pickers deserve respected as they have earned it the
RSRINAGAR—The authorities have sent the illegally detained senior Hurriyet leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML), Masarrat Aalam Butt, to Srinagar Central Jail on judicial remand.
The Court of 3rd Additional Sessions Judge, Srinagar, sent Masarrat Aalam Butt to fifteen days judicial custody in Central Jail after he was produced before it in connection with a case registered against him in Rajbagh Police Station in 2006. The court after recording the statement of a witness sent the detained leader to the Central Jail.
He will be again produced before the court on June 17 (Friday) in another case registered against him at Shaheed Ganj Police Station in Srinagar.
Earlier, he was lodged at Baramulla jail before being shifted to Shaheed Ganj Police Station.
It is to mention here that the successive puppet regimes in the territory have booked Masarrat Aalam Butt in 49 cases since 1990 and 32 times under the black law, Public Safety Act (PSA). In most of these cases he has been acquitted or granted bail by the courts.
The JKML Chairman was detained under the draconian PSA for the first time on October 2, 1990. —RK