2 JKLF, trade leaders among 28 freed

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Apr 25: At least 28 Kashmiri detainees including two Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and trade leaders were released today from different jails of the country after their Public Safety Act (PSA) was revoked last evening.
Home department revoked PSA detentions of 28 persons lodged in different jails across the country. They include seven who were detained in Central Jail Srinagar.
The prominent figure in the list includes senior JKLF leader Shoukat Bakshi and Mushtaq Ajmal and Muhammad Yasin Khan, head of Kashmir Economic Alliance and Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation (KTMF).
Khan was detained following the scrapping of Article 370 last year in August. Bakhshi and Ajmal were booked under PSA prior to August last year. Khan was lodged in Agra Jail and Bakhshi and Ajmal in Kotbhalwal Jammu.
Those who were released from Central Jail Srinagar this evening after their PSA was revoked are: Aijaz Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Bhat of Husgund, Khansaheb in district Budgam, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone son of Abdul Ahad Lone of Magam, Handwara in district Kupwara, Asif Ahmad Reshi son of Mohammad Yaseen Reshi of Marhama, Bijbehara in district Anantnag, Mohammad Naseerullah Mir alias Qadeer son of Abdul Rafaq Mir of Dirwani, Batamaloo in district Srinagar, Faisal Nazir Ahmad Ganaie alias Polish son of Nazir Ahmad Ganaie of Firdousabad, Batamaloo in district Srinagar and Gulzar Ahmad Tantray son of Habibullah Tantray of Bijbehara in district Anantnag.
Apart from others, the detention orders of two close associates of Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone have also been revoked.
After outbreak of deadly Coronavirus, Government revoked PSA detention orders of 170 persons lodged in J&K, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana jails.
The revocation orders of all detainees were sent to Home departments and Director Generals of Police of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi for issuing directions to police to enable their transit in respective jurisdictions.
The Deputy Commissioners in Kashmir have been directed to issue necessary passes to family members of the detainees who were released along with vehicle passes for to and fro movement.
After abrogation of Article 370, the Government detained over 7000 persons in Jammu and Kashmir including three former Chief Ministers and top mainstream leaders. Of them, more than 300 were shifted outside J&K and lodged in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana jails.


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