Separatist leader Masarat Alam released, rearrested on the same day

Alam was arrested by police on April 17, 2015, barely 40 days after he was set free, for the first time since 2010. Facing almost 50 cases, Alam is facing as many as 34 PSAs

Separatist leader Masarat Alam released, rearrested on the same day

Kashmir’s separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat, who had been released from district jail on Thursday, was rearrested in a separate case later the same day. Alam has spent 19 of last 26 years in jail.

Alam is the chairman of the Muslim League, a constituent of the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference. In 2015, he was released only to be arrested once again a month later for raising pro-Pakistani slogans and unfurling a Pakistani flag at a rally in Srinagar.


Alam was arrested by police on April 17, 2015, barely 40 days after he was set free, for the first time since 2010. Facing almost 50 cases, Alam is facing as many as 34 PSAs.

Sources said that Bhat was set free by the jail authorities on the orders issued by the High court. “He seems to have been re-arrested by a police party that had moved from Baramulla,” one police source said. “In fact, the same party also drove three more persons from the same jail who were also released by the court.”

Though the courts have quashed the cases against him, the police have been filing fresh cases. The latest case in which he seemingly has been re-arrested was issued by the District Magistrate Baramulla. This order accuses Bhat of making the ongoing agitation “successful” while being in jail.

Bhat’s main PSA was quashed by High Court on August 21, 2015 and was set free but was re-arrested on September 1, 2015. In April, May, September and now December in 2016, he was released by court and re-arrested.