Qazi Shibli kept in preventive detention, shifted to jail

Kashmir Times. Dated: 8/5/2020 12:32:42 AM

SRINAGAR, Aug 4 (Agencies): Editor and journalist Qazi Shibli has been booked under 107 crpc, a law that allows pre-emptive detention of a person based on suspicion, and shifted to Srinagar Central Jail on Monday, according to some reports in local newspapers.
Last Thursday, Mr. Shibli was summoned by the police and remains under detention since Friday, a day before Eid. The Kashmiriyat, the news portal where Mr. Shibli works, had condemned his detention in a statement.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Dr. Haseeb Mughal told media-persons that Shibli was detained under 107 CRPC (security for keeping the peace in other cases) and shifted to Srinagar Central Jail.
Superintendent of Police, Central Jail Srinagar, Tej Ram Katoch, informed that Shibli was brought to the jail on Monday. “He has been placed in a separate cell as is the norm with any new inmate. We receive them only after they are confirmed COVID negative and then we place then in isolation for 12 days,” the Jail superintendent is reported to have said.
Shibli was recently released in April 2020 after nine-month under detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA). He was lodged in a jail in Uttar Pradesh. He was detained by Kashmir police a day after he had tweeted information about the deployment of additional troops in Jammu and Kashmir in the last week of July 2019. On 5 August 2019, the Government of India revoked J-K’ special status and clamped down.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), meanwhile, has demanded that Mr. Shibli be immediately released.
“Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir must immediately release Qazi Shibli and allow him to return home,” said Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, in Washington, D.C. “Indian authorities must end their harassment of journalists and allow them to do their jobs without interference.”

 

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