Centre was kept in dark over Alam’s release:Modi
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Intervening on the issue of Hurriyat hardliner release, the Prime Minister told the Lok Sabha today that the Central government was neither informed nor consulted on this issue.
Echoing the sentiments of the members, Modi said this anger does not belong to any political party but to the entire nation and entire House.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also informed both the Houses that the government has sought further clarifications from Jammu and Kashmir government on the release of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam from Jail. He said the government is not satisfied with the report sent by the Home department of the state.
Replying to clarifications sought by members on his statement in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Singh said that the BJP never had any truck with the PDP and also has ideological differences with it. But, due to fractured mandate and in public interest, the BJP has gone for a coalition with PDP.
Meanwhile, BJP MLAs in Jammu and Kashmir today lodged a strong protest with Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed over the release of hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam. They demanded his re-arrest. The MLAs led by state BJP General Secretary Rajiv Jasrotia met Sayeed at his residence in Jammu and submitted a memorandum. Jasrotia said the party also sought immediate probe into all pending FIRs against Alam, the challans of which have not been presented. He said the Chief Minister assured them that their concerns would be addressed.
The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party held demonstration in various parts of Jammu town and other parts of the district. Party leader Bhim Singh said that if the BJP is really against the decision of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, to release the separatist leader Masart Alam, then the BJP should immediately withdraw its support from government in the state.
The Shiv Sena activists also held protest in Jammu against the release of separatist leader Masrat Alam by the PDP-BJP alliance government. On the other hand, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress activists demonstrated in Vijaypur area of Samba District on the issue.
People’s Democratic Party, PDP, today defended the government’s decision to release separatist leader Masarat Alam. Speaking to reporters in Jammu, senior party leader and MLC, Firdous Tak said Alam was released as there was no legal justification for the government to keep him in detention. He said there is a difference between detention under Public Safety Act, PSA, and detention for life imprisonment. Tak said it has been explained well by the Union Home Minister that PSA is meant for six months and can be extended for one year. In Masarat Alam’s case, there have been seven extensions.