No Time Plan for Release of Detained Kashmiri Leaders, Says Ajit Doval

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NEW DELHI — The government has no specific time plan in place for the release of detained politicians in Jammu and Kashmir, said National Security Advisor Ajit Doval talking to NDTV on Saturday.

He, however, added that the centre had sought to ensure “no human right has been violated” and the safety of people living in the region was a priority.

“Don’t have any time period in place as to how long political leaders will be detained. We don’t want anyone to get hurt, but things and situation on ground is getting better. We have been very careful about the entire situation. No human right has been violated,” NSA Doval claimed, reports NDTV.

Talking to reporters in Delhi early Saturday, Mr Doval said that Jammu and Kashmir politicians would remain in “preventive detention” till an “environment is created for democracy to function”.

He also said the leaders, against whom no criminal charges had been framed, were free to challenge their detentions in a court of law.

“Everything is done according to the framework of law. They can challenge their detention in court. None of them have been charged with criminal offence or sedition, they are in preventive custody till environment is created for democracy to function, which I believe may happen soon,” the NSA was quoted in a report by news agency ANI.

In Jammu and Kashmir a large number of political leaders including former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and senior NC leader and member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah were detained or placed under house arrest as part of a stringent security lockdown imposed in the state after the centre withdrew special status under Article 370 to Jammu and Kashmir.

While the government has maintained that the restrictions and detentions were necessary to maintain law and order, the situation in J&K prompted the international community to voice its worries, with the United States declaring it was “concerned by reports of detentions”.

The United Nations also expressed its concern over the situation in the state after total clampdown.

 

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