Srinagar, Nov 15:
Centre’s fresh overtures have failed after incarcerated political
leaders refused to sign the bonds to secure early release from jails.
At least 31 leaders of National Conference, Peoples
Democratic Party, Peoples Conference and Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement are
under detention at the Centaur Hotel on the banks of Dal Lake since Centre
abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two union territories.
Sources said authorities approached detainees several times
in recent past to persuade them to sign a bond for their release. “Farooq,
Omar, and Mehbooba have also been approached several times by authorities. They
however have refused to sign the bond. These leaders are adamant and they won’t
budge an inch from their stand on Article 370 and bifurcation of state,”
Officials said leaders will face prolonged detention and
won’t be released unless they sign a bond. “Political leaders will be shifted
from Centaur Hotel to a hotel in Sonawar or MLA hostel Srinagar,” they said.
Mehbooba’s daughter Iltija Mufti confirmed that government
made several attempts to get her mother sign a bond, which she refused. “I
don’t know when exactly she was recently approached for signing on bond”, she
National Conference MP from Anantnag, Justice (retd) Hasnian
Masoodi said detention of political leaders was “unjustified without any legal
“Why should political leaders sign bond to secure their
release? Signing bonds will mean that
were against peace. Government should understand what position they (political
detainees) have held and their detention is unjustified,” Masoodi said.
Detainees are supposed to deposit Rs 10,000 as surety. And
in case they breach the bond, they have to pay Rs 40,000. Under Section 107, the bail bond asks detainees
“not to commit a breach of peace” or “do an act that may probably occasion a
breach of the peace”.