Masrath Alam, leader of the hardline-faction of Hurriyat, who had spearheaded the stone-pelting agitations in the valley in 2008 and 2010, was released from prison following the new government's policy of freeing political prisoners who do not face criminal charges.
The orders for the release of 42-year-old Alam, chief of the Jammu Kashmir Muslim League, was issued by the home department, said a top police official in Baramulla, where Alam was lodged in the prison.
Earlier in the day, DGP K Rajendra said that police would comply with the directions of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who has sought release of all political prisoners who do not face any criminal charge.
"Yes, all the directions issued by the government (on release of political prisoners from jails in the state) will be complied with. Let us be assured about it," director general of police (DGP), J&K, K Rajendra Kumar told reporters on Saturday.
He was asked whether the process of release of political prisoners has begun at the level of the police.
"Any direction coming from the the government would be looked into and would be worked out," the DGP said.
In a meeting with the police chief here on Wednesday, Sayeed had asked the police to initiate a process of releasing all political prisoners in the State against whom no criminal charges have been registered.
He had also directed the DGP to prepare a comprehensive plan for the rehabilitation of surrendered and released militants.
Asked whether police has formulated any plan for release of separatists, including those who took part in stone pelting in 2008 and 2010, like separatists Masarat Alam and Qasim Faktoo, he said, "We will get back to you. We will come back with our views when we are ready with the blue print."
"At the moment, we will not be able to say much on that. Let us work on that then we will get back to you," he said.