Masar­rat sent to cen­tral jail on ju­di­cial re­mand

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

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

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