South Kashmir cleric booked under PSA, shifted to Kot Balwal jail
Srinagar, Mar 14: Prominent cleric from south Kashmir and vice president of Jamiat Ahlihadith Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri was booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) on Thursday and shifted to Kot Balwal jail in Jammu.
Mushtaq Ahmad, who hails from Veeri village of Bijbehara was arrested during a crackdown launched by the government against the religious and political leaders from his home on February 22 and lodged in Bijbehera police station.
He was later shifted to district jail Mattan in Anantnag district.
An official said that the authorities booked him under PSA on Thursday and shifted him to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu.
Meanwhile, authorities on Wednesday also booked several Jama’at activists under PSA in Anantnag district and shifted them to Jammu jails.
The activists were arrested last month during a crackdown against JeI that preceded the ban of the socio-religious organization.
Those detained under PSA include Ameer Halqa Sangam, Muhammad Shaban Dar (64) of Marhama village of Sangam; former Qaim-e-Zillah, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani (67) of Tangpawa Kokernag, and Ameer Halqa Soaf Shali Kokernag Nowshad Ahmad (65).
All the three were shifted to Kathua jail in Jammu.
19-year-old Aqib Gulzar, son of Ameer tehsil Anantnag Gulzar Ahmad has also been booked under PSA and shifted to Hiranagar jail.
His father, Gulzar Ahmad (48) from Uranhall village of Anantnag has been evading arrest.