Jammu and Kashmir Congress pleads government to release political prisoners, iterates lockup is not the solution

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Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has urged the ruling government to release all the political prisoners in the state. It said that the confinement of leaders is not the solution to existing problems.

It has also expressed its anger over the decision to revoke Article 370 in the erstwhile state. The former state has been stripped off of its special status and bifurcated into two Union territories, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Centre has announced resolutions abrogating Article 370.

The Party has demanded an immediate release of all the political prisoners kept under house arrest or detainment. Party’s senior leaders including Saifuddin Soz, Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Gulam Nabi Monga, Farooq Andrabi, Mohd Amin Bhat, Gular Ahmad Wani, and many have been placed under house arrest.

Sources based in the valley also say that former minister Usman Majeed and other leaders, including Hilal Ahmad Shah, have been detained at undisclosed locations.

The party urged for the immediate release of its leaders, warning the government. It said that locking up of people and illegal detention of leaders won’t solve the problems in the state.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Gulam Nabi Azad and state Congress chief Gulam Ahmad Mir were stopped from entering Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. They were sent back from Srinagar airport.

Former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, have been put under custody for avoiding political tensions. Centre has also deployed over 40,000 troops in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir have lost its special status owing to the repeal of Article 370

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