The CPI(M) on Tuesday asked Jammu and Kashmir government to review the cases of detainees under Public Safety Act, saying improvement in the overall situation and decline of violence in the state has necessitated this.
With the building up of peace in the state, relevance of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, PSA and other similar “draconian” laws have greatly ceased, CPI(M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said.
“Improvement in the overall situation and decline of violence has necessitated review of cases of detainees under PSA,” Tarigami said in a statement.
Tarigami said PSA cases in the state be periodically reviewed. “Unjust and un-reasonable arrests under PSA result only in alienation,” the MLA from Kulgam observed.
He said that a large number of youths without heinous crimes were languishing in jails without trials, thereby not availing the benefit of natural justice.
Referring to the recent agitation against the alleged rape and murder of two young women in Shopian, Tarigami said some youths of the district who have been booked under PSA be immediately released as this was widely involved resentment among the locals.