J&K: 5 PSA detainees released from Kotbalwal Jail

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The official identified them as Muhammad Maqbool Malla, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Ajaz Shamed Parray, Adil Farooq Bhat and Firdous Ahmad Shah.

J&K government has released 56 persons from jails in the past two weeks in the wake of the Covid-19 situation in India. (Photo: Reuters/Representational image)

The Jammu and Kashmir government has revoked the detention of five persons under Public Safety Act (PSA) and they have been freed from Kotbalwal Jail in Jammu.

A senior official of Home Department said, “They were detained in August last year.”

The official identified them as Muhammad Maqbool Malla, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Ajaz Shamed Parray, Adil Farooq Bhat and Firdous Ahmad Shah.

Hundreds of Kashmiris including political leaders, trade leaders, lawyers, activists, youths were arrested around August 5, 2019, when the government revoked the special status of J&K by abrogating article 370.

J&K government has released 56 persons from jails in the past two weeks. Officials have said that more people are being released.

The step has been taken to decongest jails in J&K in wake of Covid-19 outbreak.

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