Detained netas may be out soon
But Abdullahs & Mufti Likely To Stay Put
Srinagar: Political leaders in Kashmir who have been under detention for the last two months are likely to be released soon in a phased manner after a case-wise “analysis”, the J&K governor’s adviser said on Thursday.
Nearly 40 leaders, including former CMs Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been detained after the Centre abrogated Article 370.
said that only middle-level leaders are likely to be released for the moment. The Abdullahs and Mufti are unlikely to be set free, sources added.
The government indicated that the leaders would be set free only after the administration was convinced that their release would not adversely affect the situation in the Valley. “Have hope. They (leaders) will be released one by one, after proper analysis of every individual and proper review,” Farooq Khan, adviser to the governor, told newspersons in Jammu in response to a query.
The government’s indication on release of political leaders came a day after leaders of non-BJP parties in the Jammu region had said that the administration had “lifted” restrictions imposed on them. However, Jammu divisional commissioner Sanjeev Verma said the Jammu leaders were never detained.
In another development, Kashmiri journalists from various national and local media outfits sat on a dharna at Kashmir Press Club in Srinagar against the communication blockade which entered the 60th day on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the administration claimed that all higher secondary schools in the Valley were reopened from Thursday. However, according to reports emanating from various places, the students could not resume studies as most of the schools are still occupied by personnel of paramilitary forces.
(With inputs from agencies)
Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah & Mehbooba Mufti
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