STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Former MLC and State Secretary National Conference, Rattan Lal Gupta on Friday expressed serious concern over prolonged detention of mainstream leaders including the party General Secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar and others, saying curbs on civil liberties for too long don’t augur well for the largest democracy of the world. In a statement, Gupta said detention of political leaders and workers for over ten months is unprecedented, unfortunate and highly undemocratic, hoping that the administration will listen to reason and announce release of all the leaders. Gupta also referred to difficulties being faced by the people due to lockdown in the wake of corona virus, saying door step delivery of rations to the poor, especially in rural and remote areas should get focused attention. Also he sought pro-active approach for ensuring availability of essentials at reasonable rates besides regulated supply of power and drinking water. He said the power supply has been quite erratic for the past few weeks and the people are made to suffer in the scorching heat due to unscheduled curtailment. He said several areas were facing acute power cuts during nights and hoped that the administration will look into the issue and redress the problem.
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