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MHA finds gaps in J&K government's report on Masarat Alam's release, seeks clarification: sources

Mar 11, 2015 10:09 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs is still dissatisfied with the Jammu and Kashmir government's clarification on the release of Hurriyat hardliner Masarat Alam. The MHA has received second report on the issue but there are still gaps in the sequence of event leading to his release, said sources on Wednesday.

The Home Ministry has sought further clarification on it and action will be taken accordingly, sources added.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has already issued an ultimatum to its coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir to mend its ways. Sources said that the BJP has warned Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to either mend his ways or else they will have to call off the alliance. The BJP has made it clear that national security takes precedence over politics.

The remarks came even as the PDP assured the Centre that it will not release any political prisoners without consulting it.

Sources said a strong message is to be given to Sayeed. "Our priority is not government. There will be no compromise either on national security or Common Minimum Programme (CMP). Ideology will not be sacrificed," sources said.

They added, "No one should think that we will bend to run the government. One should be ready for consequences if this happens next time."

The BJP faced flak from the opposition parties over the release Masarat Alam on March 7 from jail despite the BJP's protest. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh had to make statements in Parliament over the development.

The Prime Minister revealed that the Centre was kept in the dark over the decision. He said Alam was released without informing or consulting the Centre. Modi assured the Opposition that there is no compromise on the unity of the nation and the government will take necessary action soon.

While replying to the opposition charge, the Home Minister said he was not satisfied with the report he had received from the state department on the issue.

Alam was the mastermind behind the 2010 protests in which hundreds of people lost their lives. He was later arrested on the orders of the then Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.