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3 J&K Leaders Who Were Kept Under Detention After Abrogation of Article 370 Released

The political leaders were kept at the Centaur Hotel, along with other political detainees from the state, officials said.

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Updated:September 20, 2019, 11:08 PM IST
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3 J&K Leaders Who Were Kept Under Detention After Abrogation of Article 370 Released
A security personnel stands guard during restrictions in Srinagar. (PTI Photo)

Srinagar: Former PDP leader Imran Ansari, PDP leader Khursheed Alam and Syed Akhoon of the National Conference, detained after the abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5, were released on Friday, officials said.

The political leaders were kept at the Centaur Hotel, along with other political detainees from the state, they said.

Akhoon was released on health grounds while Alam was "temporarily released" in view of his brother's death recently, they said.

Ansari, who was among the first PDP leaders who rebelled against party chief Mehbooba Mufti after her government lost power, left for New Delhi on Friday for medical treatment, they said.

He was shifted from Centaur Hotel to his house, before Muharram, where his detention continued.

The administration released Ansari on Friday and he left for New Delhi for medical treatment. He was elected from the Pattan assembly constituency in the 2014 polls. More than a thousand people, including politicians, separatists, activists and lawyers, were detained after the August 5 decision of the central government to abrogate the special status, according to unofficial estimates.

Three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — were among the detainees. Around 100 were sent to the jails outside Jammu and Kashmir.

Farooq has been detained under the stringent Public Safety Act, while other politicians were mostly detained under different sections of the CrPC.

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