Hurriyat (G) leader and Muslim League president, Masrat Alam Bhat was released after four and a half years Saturday afternoon.
Masrat was languishing in jail since October 18, 2010.
Sources said that earlier in the day Deputy Commissioner Jammu issued the release orders of Masrat.
Masrat was lodged in sub jail Baramulla since some time under a case registered in a Jammu police station.
Masrat was brought from Baramulla by a Srinagar police team, sources said adding where from he will be handed over to his family. Sources said that the police team with Masrat was on way to Srinagar when the reports last came in.
Pertinently, Masrat led the 2010 uprising by issuing protest calendars.
Masrat was slapped PSA 6 times since his arrest in 2010 and every Act was quashed by the state high court, however, he was not released.
“Administration used to re-arrest Masrat Sahab after every release order,” Muslim League spokesman said.
Soon after the news about the release of Masrat broke, hundreds of people reached his residence in the old town to congratulate him.
Many people were seen with flower petals and garlands ready to receive Masrat.
Pertinently, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed some days back directed police to start releasing political prisoners.