Detained Kashmiri leaders allowed to visit home, some may be released soon
Srinagar: Some of the Kashmiri political leaders who have been under detention since August 5 may be released soon, with the Union Territory administration already easing restrictions on their movement, officials said on Sunday.
As many as four leaders belonging to
various political parties were allowed to visit their houses for few hours on
Saturday after they requested for it, they said.
Some of the political leaders who are
detained in their houses may be allowed to move out of the valley on health
grounds, the officials said.
There was a possibility of some of the
detainees being released from the MLA hostel but a final plan will be worked
out by the Union Territory administration with the Centre, they added.
The leaders had been under detention since
August 5 when the Centre announced abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and
splitting the state into two union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
The union territories came into existence
on October 31.
Among those detained are three former chief
ministers — Farooq Abdulalh, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. While senior
Abdullah was slapped with the stringent Public Safety Act on September 17, Omar
Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been detained at different locations in the
Thirty-four political detainees were
shifted to MLA hostel from Centaur hotel on November 18 as Srinagar reeled
under harsh winter conditions and the hotel lacked proper heating arrangements,
the officials said.
The winter chill took a toll on the health
of the detenues — National Conference, PDP and People’s Conference leaders and
prominent social activists — and the security personnel guarding them.
Mehbooba Mufti was earlier shifted to a
government accommodation in the city from a tourist hut located at the
foothills of Zaberwan range.