J&K administration mulling to release more political leaders

The Jammu and Kashmir administration is mulling to release more mainstream leaders who are either under house arrest or have been detained at MLA Hostel here.

“Some more leaders could be released from house arrest and some others who have health issues could be shifted from the MLA Hostel to their homes,” an official source told Greater Kashmir.

Earlier, some leaders under house arrest were allowed to travel outside J&K on medical grounds, sources added.

About 31 leaders, including former legislators and ministers, of different political parties are under detention at MLA Hostel-turned-sub jail in the heart of the city. About two dozen other leaders have been kept under house arrest.

Most of these leaders belong to National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Congress. They were detained on or after 5 August when Government of India abrogated J&K’s special status and bifurcated the State into two union territories.

Last week, the J&K Government freed two former ministers, Ghulam Hassan Mir, president of Democratic Party (Nationalist), and PDP leader Dilawar Mir. Both these leaders were under house arrest since 5 August.

The government also shifted two former ministers – Hakeem Yasin, president of Peoples Democratic Front, and PDP leader Ashraf Mir – to their homes from the MLA Hostel and placed them under house detention.

The police had also carried an “anti-sabotage check” of the hostel and recovered 11 mobile phones from the detained leaders.

Three former Chief Ministers of J&K, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti continue to be under detention since 5 August.