RTI reveals no rules, no SOPs under JK Public Safety Act

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Srinagar: According to a Right To Information (RTI) application, there are no rules or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for ordering preventive detentions under Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.

The Wire reported, while there have been over 1,000 detentions between March 2016 and August 2017 under J&K PSA 1978, queries filed under RTI Act by members of J&K RTI movement revealed that the state government has, during the four decades since law became operational, not made any rules or standard operating procedures (SOPs) under it.

In a reply to an RTI application filed by members of Jammu and Kashmir RTI movement, headed by Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, the J&K Home Department has admitted that the state government has not made any rules or SOPs under the Act, 1978 during the four decades of its existence.

The RTI reply also revealed that 1,003 persons had been detained across the state between March 2016 and August 2017 – a period which included several months of turmoil.




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