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HC quashes PSA on Kashmir boy who wrote 12th exam in police custody

In a reprieve for an incarcerated student in Jammu and Kashmir, the high court revoked his Public Safety Act detention and ordered his release.

Omar Akbar Mir was arrested from his home in Sopore’s Barat Kalan days after India unilaterally revoked the special status of the Himalayan region over 18 months ago.

Mir’s lawyer, Bashir Ahmed Tak, told a local news agency that the Jammu and Kashmir High Court quashed the PSA on Friday against the 18-year-old.

Mir was arrested on charges of stone pelting and was initially detained at a police station in Bomia in Baramulla district.

Days later, his lawyer said, the school-going boy was shifted to a jail in Bhaderwah prison in Jammu division,  about 300 kilometres from his home.

India arrested thousands of people and shifted them to jails outside the Valley before and after the revocation of Article 370 in August of 2019.

Last year in September, the court had allowed Mir to appear in the 12th class examination under police custody.

The report said Justice Vinod Chatterji after hearing the arguments quashed his detention under Public Safety Act and directed authorities to release him from Badharwa Jail.

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