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Court quashes PSA on Kashmir youth lodged in Agra jail, orders his release

The high court in Indian-administered Kashmir on Friday ordered the release of a youth, who was arrested under the Public Safety Act days after New Delhi unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the disputed region on August 5, 2019.

Nazir Ahmed Tantray, a fruit vendor is languishing in a high security jail in Agra of India’s Uttar Pradesh.

Reports said a single judge bench of Justice Rajesh Oswal issued this direction for Tantray’s release after annulling his detention under Public Safety Act, which provides for arrest up to two years without trail. 

Advocate Bashir Ahmed Tak who represented Tantray, a resident of Palhalan Pattan, said he was booked by police and subsequently he was shifted to Agra Jail.

The Ammesty International has called the Public Safety Act a lawless law which allows Indian authorities in Kashmir to carry out cyclic arrests on flimsy ground.

In court, Tak contended that Tantray was an illiterate and police didn’t give him grounds of detention except putting it on paper that he was a stone-pelter.

He argued that the detenue has been booked in old cases on flimsy grounds.

The court after hearing the arguments quashed the detention and directed the Indian government to release youth from Agra Jail.

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