Hurriyat leader Rashid freed on bail
25 January 2003
News Network International
JAMMU: Hurriyat leader Shiekh Abdul Rashid was released on bail by a court here after over a year's detention in various jails in Jammu and Kashmir. Rashid, who was functioning as information secretary of the separatist amalgam, was released on bail. He was arrested on January 12 last year under the Public Safety Act which was revoked on technical grounds in June last. He was rearrested and taken into preventive detention. Rashid was released on bail from Kotbalwal jail in Jammu on November 13 after the People's Democratic Party came to power in the state, but was taken into custody again. He was later shifted to the Joint Interrogation Centre in Srinagar for screening and three weeks later handed over to the Safakadal police station, which had sought his further remand in connection with some unlawful activities. Rashid, told PTI immediately after his release that his arrest was part of political vendetta against the Hurriyat Conference. He questioned the rationale behind his detention even after he was granted bail earlier saying 'this puts a question mark as to whether the government respected the courts'. Rashid alleged that the conditions in jails were 'not fit for human habitation' and jail authorities made no distinction between political prisoners and petty criminals.