Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Detained Politicians to be released “soon”: Amit Shah

Straightline News Network

Jammu, March 16: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has reportedly assured that the remaining political leaders still under detention in Jammu and Kashmir would be released “very soon” in a meeting with newly formed Apni Party’s President Syed Altaf Bukhari.

Days after ex-Chief Minister of J&K, Farooq Abdullah’s Public Safety Act (PSA) order was revoked, a 24-member delegation of the Apni Party led by Bukhari met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday.

The delegation held detailed discussions with Shah in the presence of top officials of the Home Ministry. Bukhari told reporters that the release of remaining political leaders was among the topic discussed.

“The home minister said it is a process and we will be releasing them very soon,” Bukhari said.

Many political leaders, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, were detained by the government after the abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year.

National Conference president and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was released on March 13 after being kept in detention for 221 days.

“Even political prisoners will be freed in times to come as the main objective of the government is that not a single person should die, be it a common Kashmiri or security personnel,” Amit Shah said.

The political delegation was the first one to meet central leaders after August 5, 2019.

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