Three months after abrogation of Article 370, NC asks Jammu and Kashmir administration to release all political detainees

The National Conference (NC) on Tuesday urged the government to release all political leaders being detained in Jammu and Kashmir, allow political activities, and normalise the situation in the Union Territory.

Press Trust of India November 05, 2019 23:01:55 IST
Three months after abrogation of Article 370, NC asks Jammu and Kashmir administration to release all political detainees
  • The party said that more than 90 days later, things that people in the rest of the country take for granted like Internet access, and unhindered access to communication, are being denied to Kashmiri people

  • NC leaders and former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, along with PDP chief and a third former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti continued to be under detention

  • The NC said while the government has talked about restoring the paralysed education system, schools have hardly functioned

Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) on Tuesday urged the government to release all political leaders being detained in Jammu and Kashmir, allow political activities, and normalise the situation in the Union Territory.

In a statement, the NC said 5 November marks three months since the Centre abrogated the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and brought about its bifurcation into two Union Territories and the "unprecedented lockdown on communication and civil liberties".

Three months after abrogation of Article 370 NC asks Jammu and Kashmir administration to release all political detainees

File photo of Omar and Farooq Abdullah. ANI

The party said that more than 90 days later, things that people in the rest of the country take for granted like Internet access, and unhindered access to communication, are being denied to Kashmiri people.

"Hundreds, if not thousands of people have still been detained, including many in jails outside the state, putting many families through enormous hardship," it said. The NC said even basic SMS facilities are not being allowed.

"We urge the government to take urgent steps to normalise the situation and allow democratic activity to take place with the release of all mainstream political leaders detained since 5 August including three former chief ministers," the NC said in the statement.

NC leaders and former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, along with PDP chief and a third former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti continued to be under detention in Jammu and Kashmir.

The NC said while the government has talked about restoring the paralysed education system, schools have hardly functioned, colleges even less so and Kashmir University has not even opened after summer holidays.

The NC said commerce in the Valley has been reduced to business conducted on handcarts. "Absence of the Internet has hurt people who need proper healthcare, has hurt students and the business community," it said.

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