Two more leaders released from MLA hostel, put under house arrest

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Two former legislators belonging to National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party were on Monday released from MLA hostel; however, they will remain under house arrest in their homes, Hindustan Times reported.

Irfan Shah senior NC leader and former legislator from Batamaloo and Khursheed Alam former legislator were released from MLA. Both the leaders were detained ahead of revocation of article 370 on August 5. They were first held at Centaur hotel and later moved to MLA hostel-like other leaders of the mainstream parties, said the report.

A senior police officer confirmed that two former legislators belonging to NC and the PDP were released from MLA hostel. “Both will remain under house arrest in their homes,’’ Hindustan Times quoted a senior officer as saying.

Last week five leaders three from MLA hostel were released including Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone, Youth PDP leader Waheed Parra and former legislator Bashir Ahmad Veeri.

On Thursday, two former Chief Ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — were booked under PSA.

However, they were later put under house arrest. Currently, there are less than 10 people detained at the MLA hostel. Last week two senior leaders NC general secretary, Ali Mohammad Sager, Sartaj Madni PDP and former minister and PDP leader Naeem Akthar were booked under PSA and shifted to a government building at M5 on high-security Gupkar road, Hindustan times reported.

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