4 Kash­mir ne­tas set free on ‘good be­hav­iour’ bonds

PSA charges against 3 J&K boys dropped

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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.

Me­hbooba Mufti.

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.

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