Only 198 detainees under PSA, as per Syed Geelani
Amnesty International claims (pdf) that thousands have been held in Jammu and Kashmir over the past two decades under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a law it terms as a “lawless law”. The lie is often repeated by separatists at all national and international forums. This has perpetuated a myth that due to the PSA, even now thousands of innocent Kashmiris are under arrest illegally without any charge. Many gullible and well-meaning Indians very conveniently fall for this myth, and end up propagating the lie.
In a booklet released by hardline anti-India Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Srinagar yesterday, here is what he claimed:
Giving details of detainees, Geelani says…198 of them are serving detention under controversial Public Safety Act (PSA).[GK]
Now, you wouldn’t accuse Syed Geelani of under-reporting the number of detainees under the PSA!
Of course, no one ever expected Mr. Geelani to observe the fact that Omar Abdullah government has already amended some of the provisions of the PSA.