De­tained ne­tas may be out soon

But Ab­dul­lahs & Mufti Likely To Stay Put

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Saleem.Pan­[email protected] times­group.com

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.

How­ever, sources

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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