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JK govt release 8 militants, more to be released

Written by: Staff
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Jammu, Mar 26: In a goodwill gesture, Jammu and Kashmir government yesterday (Mar 25, 2006) released eight militants detained under Public Safety Act of the state.

Official sources said some more detenues, who are not facing serious charges, would be released within few days as the state government had recently declared it would free 40 detenues out of 403.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had also given a statement in the state Legislative Assembly that the release of the Public Safty Act (PSA) detenues would help to pursue the peace process and also give a chance to misguided youth to come back into the mainstream.

The Joint Review committee, constituted by the government to review the cases of all the 403 people under PSA detention in various jails, recommended the immediate release of 40 detenues on Wednesday.

The state government had declared it would release 40 militants, in pursuance of the assurances given by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during the round table conference held in New Delhi last month.

According to jail authorities, Mohammad Taj of Rajouri, Farid Ahmed Malik of Doda, Mohammad Akaram Chauhan of Poonch, Abdul Rehman Deka, Bashir Ahmed Batt, Frook Ahmed Itoo, Mohammad Nazar and Irshad Husain Batt, residents of Anantnag district were released today.

A total of 44 PSA detenues were released on the basis of the recommendations of the Joint Review Committee in October last year.

UNI

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