Over 4,000 Kashmiri leaders and activists arrested, Kashmir prisons runout of capacity

Over 4,000 Kashmiri leaders and activists arrested, Kashmir prisons runout of capacity
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SRINAGAR - Thousands of people have been detained in Indian-occupied Kashmir over fears of unrest since New Delhi stripped the restive region of its autonomy two weeks ago, government sources told *AFP*.

A magistrate, speaking to *AFP* on condition of anonymity, said that at least 4,000 people were arrested and held under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial.

“Most of them were flown out of Kashmir because prisons here have run out of capacity,” the magistrate said, adding that he had used a satellite phone allocated to him to collate the figures from colleagues across the Himalayan territory amid a communications blackout imposed by authorities. -APP / AFP

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