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Govt revokes PSA of 28 people

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KCCI welcomes release of Yasin Khan

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has revoked the Public Safety Act (PSA) against 28 people lodged in jails within and outside the Union territory, officials said on Saturday.

A prominent name to figure in the list is Mohammad Yasin Khan, head of the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturing Federation (KTMF) and the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), they added.

Hundreds of people, including mainstream leaders, were detained and booked under the PSA after August 5 last year when the Centre revoked the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into Union territories.

Several of them, including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, were recently released.

Meanwhile, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Saturday welcomed the revoking of the Public Safety Act against business leader Mohammad Yasin Khan.

“It is a welcome step especially on the first day of Ramazan. The whole Kashmir Inc welcomes it,” KCCI president Sheikh Ashiq said here.

He also said that KCCI demands the release of all other persons who are under the detention since August last year.

“We demand the release of all others in view of the COVID-19 as well as the holy month of Ramaaan, especially of the Bar association Kashmir president Mian Abdul Qayoom due to his ill-health,” Ashiq said.

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