Kashmir to ’study and learn’ from Amnesty report

March 23rd, 2011 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, March 23 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government will study a report by the international watchdog Amnesty International on alleged human rights abuse in the state and would not relegate it to the “dustbin”, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Wednesday.

“The report would not be ignored nor it would be thrown into the dustbin,” Abdullah assured the state assembly.

“I assure the house that the report would be studied and would be seriously considered and its suggestions would be worked on. It’s an important report and (has) lessons to be learnt.”

The Amnesty International had circulated its report on Kashmir alleging that there were indiscriminate arrests and the Public Safety Act (PSA) has been misused.

The global human rights watch group alleged that the state government was misusing the PSA and described it as a “lawless law”.

The PSA gives power to the police to arrest any one and keep him or her in detention for two years without trial.

However, the chief minister clarified that there were 1,153 incidents of violence in 2010 and 4,000 people were arrested.

“But at this moment, as I speak, there are 171 people in custody, of them 128 are in custody because of PSA, 24 under judicial custody, 19 in police custody.”

He made a passionate plea to all the members of the house to come forward and cooperate in ensuring a peaceful summer ahead.

“Let there be one good season and I assure that the things would come back to normal,” he said, adding that he would take all steps to maintain peace and order.

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