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AI demands release of 2 teenagers booked under PSA in Held Kashmir.

Srinagar -- The London-based rights watchdog, Amnesty International criticizing the puppet regime of occupied Kashmir for slapping draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), on two teenagers, has sought quashing of their detention.

The Amnesty International in a statement posted on its website termed the detention as violation of human rights laws.

While Rayees Ahmad Mir, 16, was arrested on September 16 from Baramulla, Waheed Gojri of Kupwara, also 16, was arrested on August 18. They were subsequently slapped with the PSA and sent to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu.

The AI statement said that to prevent release of Rayees on bail, an executive official passed an order to detain him under the PSA, adding that the order "incorrectly" stated that Rayees was 18 years old. "The family however challenged detention of Rayees before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and produced the relevant documents in the Court to prove that he (Rayees) was only 16. On 7th October, the Court ordered that Rayees be treated according to juvenile justice rules and shifted to Juvenile Home in Srinagar," it said.

"Despite the Court order, his (Rayees's) detention order had not been quashed though the order was sent to jail authorities concerned. Rayees continues to be under detention in Kot Bhalwal Jail," said Rayees's lawyer, Qazi Syed Irfan.

Similarly, Waheed, a 10th class student, is languishing in the jail under the PSA. Police had earlier said that there were four FIRs registered against Waheed, terming him as an "active member" of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 22, 2016
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