J&K govt to take call on release of political leaders, no interference from us: Shah
New Delhi, Dec
10: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the local administration of
Jammu and Kashmir will take a call on the release of detained political leaders
in the valley and the Centre won’t interfere in the process.
Shah said the
government has no intention to keep any leader under custody for a single day
more than required.
“..it is for
local administration to decide when political leaders will be released. We
don’t want to keep anyone (leaders) in jail even for a day more than what is
required. As and when the local administration feels the time is appropriate,
they will be released. There will be no interference from our side,” Shah
He was responding
to a question by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on normalcy in Jammu
and Kashmir and detention of political leaders.
Taking on the
Congress, Shah said, Farooq Abdullah is in custody for six months but the
Congress had kept his father in custody for 11 years.
Abdullah’s father was kept in jail for 11 years by the Congress. We don’t want
to follow them and as soon as the administration decides, they will be
released,” he said.
He further said
all leaders should be concerned about political leaders in the valley, he is
also concerned but if leaders are more worried about people of Kashmir it will
send a better message.
the situation is completely normal in the valley, Shah said, “99.5 per
cent students of the eleventh class sat for exams there, but for Adhir Ranjan
Ji this is not normalcy, seven lakh people availed OPD services in Srinagar,
Section 144 removed from everywhere. But for Adhir Ji the only parameter for
normalcy is political activity.”
Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy, responding to a
supplementary question by Sridhar Kotagiri, said stone-pelting incidents have
decreased substantially in 2019.
In 2018, 802 such
incidents were reported which reduced to 544 in 2019, while only 190 stone-pelting
incidents were reported since August 5, Reddy said.
English, Urdu newspapers and TV channels are working in the valley, he said.