Srinagar: J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir has demanded the release of all prisoners who have been detained unnecessarily in the state’s jails.
“The state government should release all the prisoners who have been detained unnecessarily in jails,” newly appointed J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir told reporters, here.
Interestingly, Mir’s demand comes in the wake of the PDP-BJP coalition Government’s decision not to release anymore prisoners following the uproar over the release of hard-line separatist leader Masarat Alam. Also, the JKPCC chief’s callis at variance with the Congress high command’s stand against the release of separatist leaders. Moreover, the Congress leadership had demanded Alam’s re-arrest.
“There should be no pick and choose over the issue. No politics should be played over the release of the prisoners,” Mir said, while indirectly referring to the credit taken by Mufti Government for release of Alam, who had spearheaded the 2010 agitation in the Valley.
He also demanded the setting up of a screening committee to review the cases of prisoners languishing in jails for years.
Asked what will be party’s stand on resolutions being moved by independent legislator Engineer Abdur Rashid to seek mortal remains of hanged Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru and release of prisoners during the forthcoming Budget session of State Assembly, Mir said, “The party has not decided anything yet. Whatever will be our stance, it would be evident in the Assembly”
The J&K Congress also unanimously decided to fully back and endorse the decision of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to rally behind former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of the CBI summons to him in coalgate.
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