Lone, Masoodi demand release of Sagar, others

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Apr 24: J&K National Conference Members of Parliament, Mohd Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi today sought immediate release of Party general secretary, Ali Mohd Sagar and others in view of the holy month of Ramadan.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Governments across the globe are releasing detainees to prevent them from contracting the virus, the duo asked the J&K administration to understand the gravity of the current crisis and release Sagar and others immediately.
“Besides, during incarceration Sagar already underwent a surgical intervention at a local hospital here. His family and scores of his admirers, workers and associates were hoping that the Government would shift him to his house. Conversely and regrettably so, he was again shifted to a detention center. Such disposition of the Government towards a people’s leader, former legislator and Minister is inappropriate. Government has chosen not to give him respite in view of the ensuing month of Ramadan. The appeals from the family, friends and scores of his associates have been turned down,” the MPs maintained.
“Sagar has always shown deference for constitution, the former law maker has done great work in strengthening the roots of democracy in J&K particularly in Kashmir,” the MPs said while seeking his immediate release.
“A dedicated people’s leader, lent voice to voiceless and under privileged all through his political career. Seeing him suffer is excruciating not just for his supporters, family and friends but for all of us within the party. We are, therefore, hopeful that the Government will release him.
The goodwill gesture will bring much needed respite to his family, friends and supporters. Besides, scores of other political leaders from other parties including many of our party colleagues who are under illegal house detention should also be released fore with. In addition to that all those who have been jailed inside and outside J&K post August 5 last year should also be released without any delay,” they added.
They also demanded release of incarcerated NC leader, Hilal Lone who is detained under PSA.

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