People’s Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the continuous use of the draconian J&K Public Safety Act, PSA, against the leaders and people of Kashmir. In the last six months, since the lock down, as many as eight mainstream political leaders have been booked under the PSA. Besides three former chief ministers, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference Leaders Ali Mohd. Sagar and Hilal Lone, and PDP leaders Sartaj Madni and Naeem Akhtar have also been booked under PSA.
04 Nov 2019
5th November 2019 marks the 3-month lockdown of Jammu and Kashmir after the BJP government abrogated the special status of the state under Article 370 and 35A. The BJP government at the centre is projecting the transition into the new set up as absolute “normalcy”. Fact findings conducted by various civil society groups point to a terrifying situation.
05 Aug 2019
At the stroke of the midnight hour on 5 August 2019, Jammu and Kashmir was blanketed in a state of siege. 35,000 fresh troops in addition to the existing 6.5 lakhs were present with orders to shoot, curfew, internet and phone shut down, media black out, and all major elected leaders under house arrest. Already, there was escalated aggression over the past week, with reports of military takeover of state institutions and frenzied evacuation of tourists and Amarnath yatris.
02 Jul 2019
PUDR unequivocally condemns the arrest of Jnyanadeep Gogoi, a 31-year-old employee of ONGC, on false allegations of waging war and participating in unlawful and terrorist activities for his Facebook posts on ULFA (I) i.e. United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent).
02 Apr 2019
The attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama in mid-February and the escalating tensions between India & Pakistan following Balakot air strikes, have provided ample occasion for the Indian state to use draconian laws to further suppress the democratic aspirations and struggles of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.