J&K's detention list gets smaller, 4 more released

SRINAGAR: The J&K administration released four more political officials on Sunday, including a former MLA of each (NC) and the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), after almost six months in detention since the Center moved to revoke the special state of the previous state.

The release of Mohammad Yousuf from the PDP along with Abdul Majid Larmi, Ghulam Nabi Bhat and Muhammad Shafi from North Carolina has raised the number of political officials now detained in the MLA shelter to 17. All had been transferred there from other detention centers to Early winter Yousuf is a former Shopian MLA in the south, while Larmi used to represent the Home Shalibug constituency.

Last month, nine political officials had been released from detention at the MLA shelter.

Until September, more than three dozen former MLAs were among the political activists and officials of several parties detained in J&K. All were collected on the eve of the government that presented a bill in Parliament on August 5 to annul articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution.

Three former CM - and his son Omar Abdullah of North Carolina and PDP Mehbooba Mufti - remain in detention. Farooq was detained in his private house on Gupkar Road under the Public Security Act, while Omar, the vice president of North Carolina, is in the nearby Hari Niwas Palace. Mehbooba is currently in a government guest house in Srinagar Maulana Road, your third address since the night of August 4.

The president of the Popular Conference, Sajad Gani Lone, is another high-ranking politician who is still detained.

Official sources said more detainees would be released in the coming weeks.