State Times News SRINAGAR: With former Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti claiming coercion in making the so-called mainstream leaders sign bonds of ‘good behavior’, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday released three politicians who were under detention since August 5 when the Centre abrogated the special status granted to the state under the Constitution, officials said. The release of three middle rung leaders is seen as beginning of the process to free and remove restrictions on political activists and senior leaders across the valley. Yawar Mir, Noor Mohammed and Shoiab Lone were released this afternoon, the officials said. Advisor to Governor Farooq Khan had on October 3 indicated that political leaders under house arrest in Kashmir will be released in a phased manner after proper analysis of every individual. Iltija Javed, daughter of Mehbooba Mufti, handling her mother’s twitter account, reacted fiercely over the singing of bonds by the political leaders, claimed that the three Kashmiri politicians were forced to sign bonds to maintain peace and good behaviour before being released. Illtija twitted, “Reports say detainees released today were forced to sign bonds. Under what law is their release conditional as their detention was illegal itself? Many including Ms Mufti have categorically refused to sign these bonds,” she tweeted, adding, “The government with its rudderless approach is tying itself in knots”. While Yawar Mir is a former MLA from the Rafiabad assembly seat, Lone contested unsuccessfully on a Congress ticket from North Kashmir and later resigned as district president of the party. Noor Mohammed is a National Conference worker who has been managing the party’s show in the militancy-infested Batmaloo area of the Srinagar city. Before his release, he will be signing a bond to maintain peace and good behaviour, the officials had said on Wednesday night. The Governor administration had earlier released Imran Ansari of the People’s Conference and Syed Akhoon on health grounds on September 21. More than a thousand people, including politicians, separatists, activists and lawyers, were detained after the August 5 move of the central government to abrogate the state’s special status. The detainees include three former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.
Over 250 people were sent to the jails outside Jammu and Kashmir. Farooq Abdullah was subsequently detained under the stringent Public Safety Act, while other politicians were mostly detained under different sections of the criminal procedure code.
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