J&K govt releases Hurriyat leader Bhat
22 December 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Continuing the release of ''political detenues'', the Jammu and Kashmir government has set free a Hurriyat leader, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, after his nearly a year-long detention, official sources said on Sunday. Bhat, vice-chairman of JKLF, who was arrested on January 13 under the Public Safety Act (PSA), was released from joint interrogation centre (JIC), Srinagar, on Saturday evening, the sources said. Bhat spent most of his detention period in Kot-Balwal jail in Jammu from where he along with another Hurriyat leader, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, were released on November 13 after expiry of the term of their detention under PSA. But the duo were re-arrested by police soon after their release and lodged at Talu Talab police station in Jammu. However, Bhat and Sheikh were brought to JIC, Srinagar, a few days ago. While Bhat was let off last evening, Sheikh, a spokesman of Hurriyat, was sent to Safakadal police station in downtown city, where a case under unlawful activities was pending against him since 1991, the sources said. Sheikh is likely to get bail within a day or two in the case and will be set free, the sources said.