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Detained political leaders to face prolonged detention who refuse to secure their release on bond
11/18/2019 10:46:10 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report
srinagar, Nov 18: Incarcerated political leaders would face prolonged detention as they have refused to secure their release on a bond that prohibits them from speaking against the Centre's move to abrogate the Article 370.
At least 33 leaders of National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Peoples Conference and Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement are under detention. They were first detained at the Centaur Hotel on the banks of Dal Lake since the centre abrogated the Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two union territories on August 5 and were shifted to MLA hostel Moulana Azad Road on Sunday.
While Farooq Abdullah who was slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA) is detained in his house, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been detained at two separate guest houses.
Sources said government authorities have approached detainees several times to sign a document to secure their release.
"Farooq, Omar, and Mehbooba have also been approached several times by government authorities. They have refused to sign on the bond. These leaders are adamant and there has been no change in their stand so far on Article 370 and bifurcation of state into two union territories is concerned," sources said.
"These leaders will face prolonged detention and won't be released without signing on bond," they said.
Mehbooba's daughter Iltija Mufti has said that government made several attempts to get her sign on the bond which she refused.
National Conference Member Parliament Hasnain Masoodi said detention of political leaders was "unjustified without any legal ground".
"Why should political leaders sign on board to secure their release? Signing on bond make them suspicious they are adverse to peace. Government should understand what position they (political detainees) have held and their detention is unjustified," Masoodi said.
Detainees are also asked to deposit Rs 10,000 as surety, and in case they breach the bond, they have to pay Rs 40,000.
The bond reads that such remarks, statements or gatherings have the potential of endangering the peace and tranquillity and law and order in the state.
Under Section 107, the bail bond asks the detainees "not to commit a breach of peace" or "do an act that may probably occasion a breach of the peace".
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