Sajad Lone, Waheed Parra released from MLA hostel after six months

Elias Hubbard
February 5, 2020

These leaders were part of preventive detention carried out on mainstream politicians, activists and trade leaders after August 5 previous year when the Centre withdrew the special status of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state and bifurcated it into union territories - Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmir's three most prominent leaders - National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti - continue to remain in detention.

Srinagar:People's Conference leader Sajad Gani Lone and PDP leader Waheed Parra were released from MLA Hostel in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Sources said that at present, over a dozen leaders are now lodged at Srinagar's MLA hostel. Eight leaders have been released from preventive detention since Sunday.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday released a former PDP legislator and a trade leader who had been were under detention since August 5, when the Centre revoked the special status of J&K and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.

Three former J&K chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti today completed six months in detention, but there is no indication as yet about their release. Farooq Abdullah is the only mainstream politician against whom the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) was slapped on September 17 for a period of three months, which was renewed on December 16 previous year. The PSA is a stringent law that enables detention without trial for three to six month.

Participating in a debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address in the Lok Sabha, Masoodi said that revocation of Article 370 was "a breach of commitment" made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Mobile and internet services have been restored in the Valley.

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