Teenager Booked Again; Thrid Time In The Year

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Srinagar, Dec 26: For 40-year-old Tabasum, the year 2011 has been of repeated grief and an endless battle. Her son Murtaza Manzoor of Maharaj Gunj Srinagar has been held under the controversial Public Safety Act again, third time this year.
“The police have held him again. They have slapped PSA on him after his arrest on October 2. He has already been detained twice for a total of four months earlier this year,” Tabasum said.
“My son is a minor, he will be 18 next year, how can they detain him again and again under harsh laws?” Tabasum asked. “My son is in worst condition facing chill and infection in police station.
His education has also been affected,” Tabasum said.
This frail woman along with her husband has been waging a battle moving from one police officer to another for her son’s release.
According to Advocate Mir Shafqat Hussain, who has been pleading his case, said the grounds of his detention were illegal.
“Police arrested Murtaza on October 2 from SMHS Hospital where he accompanied an injured,” he said.
Advocate Hussain said, “The cops of police station Kaksarai arrested him who handed him over to Police Chowki Urdu Bazaar. He was finally taken to MR Gunj police station. The police booked him under an FIR 67/2011.”
“He was released on bail by the court of First Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar but the police didn’t release him and continued his illegal detention,” Hussain said. “They (police) at police station always give me slips referring to SSP Srinagar but I never get a positive response from him,” Tabasum said.
While Murtaza’s father Manzoor Ahmad, an auto-rickshaw owner, has to go to work and take care of his little son and his ailing parents, Tabasum runs from pillar to post, meeting advocates and activists, to prove that her son has done no wrong.
On December 22, global human rights watchdog Amnesty International published on its website “Teenager Held for Third Time without Charge”.
“Eighteen year old Murtaza Manzoor has been held under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act by the state police in India since 19 December 2011. He has already been detained twice for a total of four months earlier this year,” Amnesty said.

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