Indian security personnel stand guard along a deserted street during restrictions in Kashmir. File photo/Reuters
Thousands of people have been detained in Indian Kashmir over fears of unrest since New Delhi stripped the restive region of its autonomy two weeks ago, government sources told the media.
A magistrate speaking to the media on condition of anonymity said at least 4,000 people were arrested and held under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial.
"Most of them were flown out of Kashmir because prisons here have run out of capacity," the magistrate said, adding that he had used a satellite phone allocated to him to collate the figures from colleagues across the Himalayan territory amid a communications blackout imposed by authorities.
Tomorrow, September 4, Jammu and Kashmir completes one agonising month under the unprecedented lockdown imposed by the Centre to scotch protests against abrogation of the state’s
The decision comes at a time of high tension between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
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Sami Abrahim’s brother, Ali Raza, took to Twitter to confirm his release. BOL TV confirmed his release in a news announcement. Another pro-Khan TV journalist, Imran Riaz, went missing earlier this month and was yet to be freed.
Khan has been asked to appear before the JIT at 4pm at the Qilla Gujjar police headquarters, Dawn reported. He has been called for questioning in a case registered with the Sarwar Road police station against the attack.