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Kashmir: PDP leader Naeem Akhtar released from detention

Kashmir: PDP leader Naeem Akhtar released from detention

Srinagar: PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar on Thursday said he has been set free by Jammu and Kashmir authorities after 407 days in custody since the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year.

Akhtar was arrested on 5 August last year and lodged in two sub-jails and later shifted to his house earlier this year.

"After 407 days of detention am informed that I am free to move about. Thank you rulers for small mercies while you inflict larger tragedies on our land," the PDP leader said in a sarcastic tweet.

Akhtar was among several mainstream politicians, including three former chief ministers of the erstwhile state -- Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti -- detained on the eve of the Centre's decision on August 5 last year.

However, when the government informed parliament that no leader was under house arrest in Kashmir any more, he was still under house arrest.

Akhtar was initially held at Centaur hotel on the banks of Dal Lake but was shifted to a government guest house on Gupkar road.

He was booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) later, which was then revoked in June this year.

However, several leaders, including Akhtar, were then shifted to their residences where they were kept under house arrest.

(With inputs from PTI)

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