J&K administration mulling to release more political leaders

Three former Chief Ministers of J&K, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti continue to be under detention since 5 August.
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, someleaders under house arrest were allowed to travel outside J&K on medicalgrounds, sources added.

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

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

Last week, theJ&K Government freed two former ministers, Ghulam Hassan Mir, president ofDemocratic Party (Nationalist), and PDP leader Dilawar Mir. Both these leaderswere under house arrest since 5 August.

The government alsoshifted two former ministers – Hakeem Yasin, president of Peoples DemocraticFront, and PDP leader Ashraf Mir – to their homes from the MLA Hostel andplaced them under house detention.

The police had alsocarried an "anti-sabotage check" of the hostel and recovered 11 mobile phonesfrom the detained leaders.

Three former ChiefMinisters of J&K, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufticontinue to be under detention since 5 August.

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