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In­dian au­thor­i­ties re­lease prom­i­nent Kash­mir rights ac­tivist

Au­thor­i­ties in In­dian-con­trolled Kash­mir have re­leased a prom­i­nent hu­man rights ac­tivist from prison af­ter a court in the dis­puted re­gion ruled that his de­ten­tion un­der a con­tro­ver­sial se­cu­rity law was il­le­gal.

Po­lice freed Khur­ram Parvez yes­ter­day af­ter the court or­dered his re­lease five days ear­lier.

In­dian au­thor­i­ties charged Parvez in Septem­ber un­der the Pub­lic Safety Act, which al­lows de­ten­tions for up to two years with­out tri­als.

The court said Parvez had been im­pris­oned ar­bi­trar­ily, and that au­thor­i­ties had abused their power by or­der­ing his de­ten­tion.

His im­pris­on­ment came dur­ing the largest protests against In­dian rule in Kash­mir in re­cent years, sparked by the July 8 killing of a pop­u­lar rebel com­man­der by In­dian sol­diers.

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