Barring six, all leaders to be released this month: Report
Srinagar, Jan 3:
After being detained for over five months, the Jammu and Kashmir administration
is set to release all political leaders barring six this month, media reports
said on Friday.
Zee News reported that the six leaders who would still be kept under detention
are PDP leaders Mehbooba Mufti, Naeem Akhtar, and Waheed Parra; National
Conference leaders Umar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah, and Ali Mohammad Sagar.
detained at a government house in Srinagar, while, Omar is lodged at Hari
Niwas. Farooq Abdullah is detained at his house in Gupkar road, Srinagar, which
has been declared a sub-jail.
leaders were detained earlier out of which 26 are currently held at the MLA
hostel which has been turned into a sub-jail.
The home ministry
had said that the release of these leaders will be done by the administration
in the J&K as per the situation. Earlier on 30th December, five leaders
from the national conference and PDP were released by the authorities.
The Central government
had detained several mainstream leaders to avoid mass mobilisation against the
decision that removed the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and divided it
into two union territories.
with the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, J&K along with its
democratic institutions were reorganised into two Union Territories – Jammu and
Kashmir and Ladakh following Narendra Modi’s decision to abrogate article 370
which accorded special status to J&K on August 5.
The two union
territories came into existence at the stroke of midnight on 31 October.