New Delhi: More than two months since they were detained, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday released three politicians who had been placed in preventive detention since 5 August— the day the Centre abrogated Article 370.
The release of the politicians comes just a week after the administration had decided to release a few leaders on condition the that they would not, upon their release, attempt to disrupt peace.
On Thursday, Yawar Mir, Noor Mohammed, and Shoaib Lone were released. While Mir is a former Peoples Democratic Party legislator, Lone contested on a Congress ticket from North Kashmir and later resigned as district president of the party.
Mohammed is a National Conference worker who had been managing the party's affairs in Batmaloo area of Srinagar. The J&K administration had earlier released Imran Ansari of the People's Conference and Syed Akhoon of the National Conference on health grounds on 21 September.
However, former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah continue to remain under detention, while NC chief Farooq Abdullah has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
“Reports say detainees released today were forced to sign bonds. Under what law is their release conditional as their detention was illegal itself? Many including Ms Mufti have categorically refused to sign these bonds. The government with its rudderless approach is tying itself in knots," Mufti’s daughter tweeted on her mother’s behalf.
“A democratic India that always fought for principles of liberty & equality is today being questioned & castigated for its brutal actions in Kashmir internationally. Governments will come & go but what about the damage done to the reputation & moral fabric of this country?" the Twitter post said.
Last week, the Centre released a few leaders in Kashmir, who had been placed under preventive detention since the dilution of Article 370 on 5 August.
Among the released were National Conference’s (NC) Devinder Singh Rana, Surjit Singh Salathia, Javed Rana and Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo, the Congress party’s Raman Bhalla and Waqar Rasool, and Harsh Dev Singh of the Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party.