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Govt playing politics over detenues' release: APHC

Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday accused the Jammu and Kashmir government of "playing politics" on the release of detenues.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 20:21 IST

The hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday accused the Jammu and Kashmir government of "playing politics" on the release of detenues.

"After PDP it is now Congress playing politics in the name of release of detenues," a spokesman of the Hurriyat said in a statement in Srinagar on Saturday.

It said "the government at the first instance announced that it will release 400 detenues. The figure was slashed to 40 for unknown reasons and now the release was being delayed".

The statement claimed the courts have already "quashed" the detention of more than 100 detenues and ordered their release.

Out of these, government had taken a decision to release 40, it said.

Hurriyat has apprehensions that release of the detenues might be postponed, the statement added.

First Published: Mar 25, 2006 20:21 IST