Wahid Bhat | Srinagar
The Jammu and Kashmir administration is likely to shift the detained the politicians of various political groups to Jammu after the commencement of Darbar move.
There are more than 50 senior politicians of national conference, people’s Democratic Party, peoples conference and various other groups detained at various makeshift jails in Kashmir.
They have been kept under custody to prevent the disturbance of law and order in Kashmir- a region infested with uncertainty and chaos for the past 52 days. On August 5, this year, the union government scrapped Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The government also bifurcated the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Apprehending that the leaders of various mainstream political groups could instigate protests and there could be a spike in incidents of violence, these leaders were kept in various make-shift jails. The detainees include three former chief ministers namely Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti. Though Farooq Abdullah has been slapped with PSA under which he cannot contest his trail for the minimum period of six months, Omar and Mehbooba have so far been kept under preventive custody.
Meanwhile, as per the reports, the detained leaders are most likely to be shifted to Jammu after of the commencement of annual Darbar move which is all set to happen on Oct 25, the year.
Pertinently, at least 36 detainees have been lodged in sub-jail Centaur since August 5. Mirwaiz was placed under house detention on August 5, in the wake of scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35 A. Mirwaiz, who has been a key leader of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik. Geelani remains confined to his Hyderpora residence while as Malik has been booked by NIA court and stands lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar. The trio had vociferously opposed any change in the State Subject Law guaranteed under Article 35A.
As far as the situation on ground is concerned, there are no curbs and restrictions on the movement of the people and traffic though the restrictions under section 144 CrPC, which prohibits the assembling of four or more people, were imposed in some volatile areas of the valley to prevent any law and order situation.