Srinagar, September 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have prepared over 1,000 dossiers to detain people under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), says a media report.
The PSA allows the authorities to imprison a person for up to two years without trial.
The report published in a Srinagar-based English daily Greater Kashmir said that during the past three years 1,059 dossiers were prepared to detain people under the PSA.
It said that the highest number (812) of PSA dossiers was created by the police in 2016, which witnessed mass uprising in the wake of extrajudicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Wani.
During the previous two years the police had submitted 157 (in 2015) and 90 (in 2014) dossiers to the district magistrates concerned for approval, the report said.
Under the law, the district magistrates and divisional commissioners are the authorities who can approve of or reject the police dossiers.
The rampant use of PSA, last year, came under severe criticism from global rights bodies. Enacted in the occupied territory in late 70s, the law had been rampantly used by the puppet authorities since 1989 when the Kashmiris intensified their ongoing liberation movement.
From time to time, global rights bodies have urged the Indian government and its puppet authorities in occupied Kashmir to repeal the PSA. In 2011, the Amnesty International described the law as a “lawless law”.