Several political, religious groups in Jammu today flayed the PDP-led coalition government in the state for releasing hardliner separatist leader Musrat Alam Bhat.
The activists of the Hindustan Shiv Sena held a protest demonstration against the release of Alam at Karan Market, Indra Chowk. While talking to media persons National President Dimpy Kohli expressed anguish over the release of "the anti-national leader".
"Masarat is a perpetrator of stone pelters and broke under section 120 & 121 RPC which means waging war against country and unlawful activities prevention act. More than 20 cases that have been registered against him and Rs 10 lakh were distributed away to cops as well as the informers who arrested him in 2010. Masarat Alam is a threat to national security and integrity of India and he should be arrested again immediately", he said.
Reacting strongly to the release the Muslim League chief the Kranti Dal (KD) today said the decision of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led coalition government was "anti-national, unacceptable and against the Constitution of India".
Led by Chairman Anan Sharma, KD activists today held a strong protest against the government's decision.
Kranti Dal State President Pritam Sharma said: "Mufti Mohammad Sayeed after taking oath as Chief Minister of the State violated the norms of Constitution of India by giving credit to Hurriyat, militants and people from across the borders for peaceful conduct of Assembly elections in the State".
Instead of thanking security forces and Election Commission, he credited Pakistan and Hurriyat, which is a shame, he said.
Now Masarat Alam was released from prison on Saturday just days after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed directed the police to release political prisoners, he said and demanded immediate re-arrest of the released separatist.
Meanwhile, the Dogra Front and the Shiv Sena workers under the leadership of President Ashok Gupta took out a protest against the release of Masrat Alam.
"Masrat Alam spearheaded the 2010 unrest by making highly inflammatory speeches and issuing programmes for protests which paralysed normal life in Kashmir for over six months. The National Conference-led government had set a cash reward for Alam's arrest", Gupta said, adding that the 2010 unrest had died down immediately after Alam was arrested.
Terming Masarat Alam as "anti-national who would further fuel militancy in Jammu and Kashmir", the protesters demanded his immediate arrest. We will never tolerate the release of an anti-national leader who is a threat to the national security, the activists said.
Gupta stated that the CMP (Common Minimum Program) on which the coalition is working should be made public so that the people of the state should know that what kind of development agendas has been decided in the CMP for the people of Jammu & Kashmir.