Srinagar, June 19, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, days after Hurriyet leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML), Masarrat Aalam Butt was re-arrested after being released in Srinagar, the authorities on Wednesday slapped black law, Public Safety Act (PSA), sixth consecutive time against him. Masarrat Aalam, who played a vital role in channelizing the 2010 mass uprising, has been slapped with the sixth PSA with the authorities maintaining that the action has been taken ‘to prevent the recurrence of the circumstances of 2008, 2009 and 2010’.
Masarrat Aalam was released last week from jail after four years. He was immediately arrested from his home and was lodged in Shaheed Gunj Police station in Srinagar. His detention order stated, “In order to prevent the recurrence of the circumstances of 2008, 2009 and 2010 your detention has become imperative.”
According to the details the JKML Chairman was arrested on October 18, 2010, after which PSA was slapped against him and he was shifted to Udhampur jail. Later after his detention was quashed by the court, another PSA was invoked against him and he was shifted from Udhampur to Kathua jail in Jammu region.
The JKML leaders told media that Masarrat Aalam was later shifted to Rajouri jail with another PSA after the earlier one was quashed by the court. He was again sent to Udhampur with 4th consecutive PSA. When the same again got quashed, another PSA was slapped on him with the authorities sending him to Kathua jail.
Recently, when Masarrat Aalam was released on June 14, he was arrested after one-hour brief stay at his home. He was lodged at Shaheed Gunj Police Station till the authorities on Wednesday slapped PSA on him and sent him to Baramulla sub-jail.
On March 22, 2013, the Supreme Court of India directed the puppet regime of the occupied territory that it must inform Masarrat Aalam before a week if it wanted to book him under the PSA on the same grounds of detention on which he had been booked previously. Earlier the uncle of the JKML Chairman as the petitioner had pleaded before the Supreme Court that Masarrat Aalam’s PSA detention on identical grounds was in violation of law and his fundamental rights had been infringed upon time and again by the authorities.
According to the petition, the puppet regime had resorted to gross abuse of the provisions of the Public Safety Act. “Sixteen successive detention orders under PSA have been slapped against Masarrat Aalam. He has been kept in almost continuous and unbroken custody since the year 1990,” the petition read.
The JKML Chairman spent more than twelve years behind the bars from 1990 to 2005. He was detained under the PSA for the first time on October 2, 1990. He was released in November 1991. He was detained for second time in 1993 and released in February 1997. In September 1997, he was detained third time for nearly three years and released in May 2000.
Masarrat Aalam was arrested for the fourth time in January 2001 and released in August 2003. He was detained in September 2004 for the fifth time and remained in detention till July 2005. He was detained in March 2006 and since January 16, 2008, he had been detained on nine occasions under the PSA till his release in May 2008. He was again arrested in July 2008 and was set free in July 2010. In October 2010 he was detained for his role in the mass uprising. On October 30, 2012, he was again booked under provisions of PSA.
A student of Tyndale Biscoe, Masarrat Aalam has a middle-class background. When he was 10-year-old, he lost his father. A science graduate from SP College, he joined liberation movement in 1987, at the age of 16, participating in rallies of the Muslim United Front.
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