Srinagar, 18 November (IANS). The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered the release of arch separatist leader Masrat Alam.
A division bench of Justice Sanjeev Kumar and Justice Rajneesh Oswal on Tuesday ordered the release of separatist Muslim League president Masrat Alam, stating that an order of detention against Alam had spoiled his life.
There is a record of detaining Masrat Alam under the Public Safety Act (PSA) 36 times.
The PSA’s detention order was last granted by the District Magistrate in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on November 14, 2017.
He is known to be a close confidant of senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani.
Officials believe that Masrat Alam played a key role in organizing the protests in 2016 when Burhan Wani, the poster boy of Hizbul, was killed in an encounter with security forces on 8 July 2016 in Kokernag area of Anantnag district.
In 2016, a total of 98 people were killed and over 4,000 injured in a bloody clash between security forces and the unbridled mob.
Due to the use of pellet gunshot by the security forces, many people lost the power to watch either completely or partially during the protests.
Reports said that more than 100 eye surgeries were performed by a renowned eye surgeon who came to Kashmir in 2016. There were bullet holes in his eyes.