J&K: Omar orders release of teenager

J&Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has ordered release of a teenager, who was detained under the Public Safety Act for his alleged involvement in stone-pelting during the last year`s unrest, on humanitarian grounds.

Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 22:12 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah has ordered release of a teenager, who was
detained under the Public Safety Act for his alleged
involvement in stone-pelting during the last year`s unrest, on
humanitarian grounds.

"I`ve issued the orders on Friday, papers are being
processed. So by Monday or Tuesday, he`ll be out," Omar wrote
on social micro-blogging site Twitter.

Faizan, who was arrested earlier this year, was in the
news recently after his parents claimed that he was only 14-
years-old and could not be booked under the PSA.

The minimum age for detention under the said act is 16
years.

Amnesty International had also criticised Faizan`s
detention under the PSA and called for his immediate release.
The Chief Minister ordered a medical test to ascertain
the age of the boy and Faizan was found out to be at least
17-year-old.

"That`s where the problem is because under law he
isn`t minor which is why it`s being considered for a
humanitarian (POV) point of view," Omar tweeted.

PTI