The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) that supports the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from outside, on Sunday asked it to fulfil its commitment to review the cases of all those detained in Jammu and Kashmir for non-serious crimes, even as it expressed its displeasure at the release only 12 prisoners on the eve of Eid.
"The government should immediately review cases of detenues and order the release of those not involved in heinous crimes on the eve of Eid as a goodwill gesture," state CPI-M Secretary Mohammad Yunus Tarigami said in a statement in Srinagar.
The release of only 12 prisoners was insignificant as a number of people who were "implicated falsely" had completed their prison terms, while there were many whose detention the courts had quashed, he said.
"It will be in the interest of the peace process to release innocent people from jails as a confidence building measure for the people of the state," Tarigami added.
He condemned the alleged killing in custody of a youth in Pakharpora village of Badgam district and demanded stern action against those responsible.
Maqbool Ahmad Dar of Mohandpora village was arrested by the army on Friday evening and died on Saturday under mysterious circumstances.
The army and police have already ordered separate inquiries into the incident.