Party leaders freed in Jammu but still no relief for Omar-Farooq-Mehbooba

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has freed almost all the leaders of the detained Jammu from custody. On 5 August 2019, as a precautionary measure, several leaders and separatists of Jammu and Kashmir were placed under house arrest in view of major decisions of the Modi government. The administration detained several leaders before deciding to make Jammu and Kashmir a union territory and to abolish most of the provisions of Article 370. According to the information received, almost all the leaders of National Conference, Congress and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party have been freed from custody in Jammu.

No relief to Omar-Farooq-Mehbooba: The leaders who were freed included National Conference leaders Devendra Rana and SS Salathia, Raman Bhalla of Congress and Harshdev Singh of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party. All were under house arrest for about two months. However, the former chief ministers of the state, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah, Sajjad Gani Lone of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference and many other leaders are still under house arrest.

‘Care taken like guests, not in custody’: Major leaders of Jammu and Kashmir administration and BJP supported this decision of detention. Recently Union Minister Jitendra Singh had said that no leader will be kept in custody for more than 18 months. He also said, “They are not under house arrest, but they are being given facilities like guests.” They are housed in VIP bungalows. CDs of Hollywood films, gym are also provided.” BJP leader Ram Madhav also said that about 200 to 250 leaders detained in Kashmir are getting five-star facilities.

Ram Madhav’s target on detained leaders: Madhav said that initially about two to two and a half thousand people were kept in preventive custody but later the number was reduced from 200 to 250. He said that there is peace in Kashmir for two months, now you can understand what Kashmiris want and what these 200-250 people want.

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