Jammu And Kashmir Journalist Sajad Gul Detained Under Public Safety Act

Sajad Gul, officials say, has been shifted to Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu (File)


The Jammu and Kashmir administration has detained a journalist, Sajad Gul, under the Public Safety Act, a day after a court granted him bail in connection with a police case that accused him of criminal conspiracy.

Under the PSA, a person can be detained for a period of 3 to 6 months without trial. In most of the cases, the PSA is repeatedly used against a detainee to put him in jail for extended period.

Officials say the journalist has been shifted to Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu.

Sajad Gul was working with a news portal and arrested by police for allegedly “spreading disinformation through fake tweets regarding the recent anti-terrorist operation”.

The police have accused him of uploading objectionable videos with anti-national slogans.

“His overall activities are prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and unity of India,” said the police.

Yesterday, a magistrate granted him bail, but the police refused to release him and he was subsequently detained under the PSA.

According to the lawyer of detained journalist, police filed a case under attempt to murder charges against the journalist after he was given bail in another case.

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