An advisor to Jammu and Kashmir governor said that olit leaders in Kashmir will be released but in a phased manner.
The decision was taken days after the government announced election for the Block Development Council, the second tier of the Panchayat Raj system in the state soon.
Asked if the Kashmiri leaders will also be released from detention, Farooq Khan, advisor to Governor Satya Pal Malik, said, “Yes, one by one after analysis of every person, they will be released,”
Around 400 political leaders of the state — including former Chief Ministers 83-year-old Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti — were placed under detention or house arrest as the government announce its move to end special status granted to the state under the Article 370 .
It was part of the stringent security measures – that included prohibitory orders and switching of phone and internet facilities — to prevent any backlash of govt steps.