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    Naeem Akhtar, Sartaj Madni complete 100 days of 'preventive detention

     



    Detention without reason, says Shehryar Khanum


    Babar Rather


    Srinagar, Mar 26: Senior People’s Democratic Party leaders- Naeem Akhtar and Sartaj Madni have completed hundred days in preventive detention. Both the leaders were detained by Jammu and Kashmir police on December 21st last year a day before counting of votes for District Development Council (DDC) polls in J&K.


    A senior PDP leader told news agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) that both detained leaders have completed 100 days of fresh detention without any charge or trial, adding that the only crime duo committed is they fought for the idea of democracy.


    Meanwhile, daughter of detained PDP leader Naeem Akhtar, Shehryar Khanum told KDC that her father has been detained without any solid evidence and keeping in view health conditions of her ailing father she several times requested the administration to review his detention but so far they have received no updates on that.


    “Preventive detention in my father’s case makes no sense as from the time he was released previously and till he was taken another time, there is no public record of him having called any disruption or threat to peace”, Khanum added.


    She said, “Her father has served on top posts in the earlier government including spokesperson and suddenly declaring such a person as a threat to peace is unusual and authorities need to come up with solid reasons of his detention as till date they haven’t received any formal detention order in this regard, instead were informally told that Akhtar is under preventive detention.”


    Earlier many political leaders including from the National Conference had called for immediate release of all political detainees saying "the unjustified and prolonged detentions reek of fear and repression." (KDC)

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