4 Kashmir netas set free on ‘good behaviour’ bonds
PSA charges against 3 J&K boys dropped
Srinagar: Four more middle-rung leaders of mainstream political parties in J&K were on Thursday released from detention after the administration got them to sign bonds promising to “maintain peace and good behaviour”.
Former PDP MLAs Noor Mohammed, Abid Ansari and Yawar Mir and exCongress district president Shoaib Lone comprise the second set of political functionaries to be freed from detention or house arrest since J&K lost its special status on August 5.
Last month, the administration had released People’s Conference leader Molvi Imran Ansari, Syed Mohammad Akhoon of NC, Mohammad Amin of Congress and Khurshid Alam of PDP on health grounds. The latest development coincides with curbs on tourism in J&K being officially lifted with effect from Thursday.
Noor, Abid and Yawar are former MLAs from Batamaloo, Zadibal and Rafiabad constituencies respectively. Shoaib Lone had contested the North Kashmir seat on a Congress ticket in the last assembly elections but lost. He subsequently resigned as district president.
While the four of them have been allowed to walk free from the makeshift detention centre at Centaur Hotel along Dal Lake, scores of politicians, separatist leaders and activists remain under detention or house arrest. The list includes former CMs Farooq and Omar Abdullah and Srinagar: Charges slapped under the Public Safety Act (PSA) on three Kashmiri boys detained since early August were dropped after the date of birth mentioned in the Class X mark sheet of one of them proved decisive in arguing the habeas corpus petitions filed by their families, sources said.
Senior additional advocate general B A Dar informed Justice Ali Mohammed Magrey of the J&K high court last week that the administration had revoked the detention orders. This was after the court had asked the administration to file replies to habeas corpus petitions on the detention of a boy from Sopore, another from Hugam Srigufwara in Anantnag and a third from Soura in Srinagar.
Sources said parents of the boy from Hugam Srigufwara submitted his Class X mark sheet, which mentions his date of birth as March 15, 2003, to prove he was a minor.
The administration had announced two weeks ago that the detained politicians would be released in phases, depending on how the Valley responds to efforts to restore normalcy. Leaders of mainstream political parties in Jammu were the first to be released.