Jammu And Kashmir: Ram Madhav Confirms Govt's Plan to Release 20-25 Detained Leaders Soon, No Clarity on Fate of Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah Yet
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. (Photo Credit: Facebook/PTI)

Vadodara, January 11: Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday stated that the Union government would soon release 20-25 leaders from Jammu and Kashmir in phases, who were kept in detention for several months now. The BJP leader said that since J&K is like any other part of the country now after Article 370 abrogation, normalcy would soon return to the Valley.

Speaking to the reporters in Vadodara, Madhav said, as quoted by the news agency ANI, "There were 2 major restrictions in J&K. One was the internet services that is about to be restored. Other was leaders under detention, regarding that Government will be releasing 20-25 leaders in phases. J&K is like any other part of the country now." Jammu and Kashmir: PSA Against 26 People Revoked, Former CMs Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti Remain Detained.

Here's the ANI tweet:

Earlier on Friday, a Supreme Court bench -- headed by CJI SA Bobde -- directed the Jammu and Kashmir administration to review all restrictive orders within a week. The bench opined that 'Freedom of Expression through Internet' is a fundamental right under Article 19(1)(a) of free speech and directed the administration to review it forthwith. Along with this, the SC also asked the administration to review the Section 144 imposition within seven days.

Following the directions, the administration revoked the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) against former Chief Ministers Farooq, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. All these prominent leaders have been detained by the administration since months after Centre abrogated the Article 370 on August 5, 2019. However, there is no clarity on the release of these significant political leaders as of yet.