Srinagar: Ever since the Kashmir clampdown, Over 5,000 youths, political workers individuals have been arrested since August 5, are finally released as the Kashmir Valley marked three months of spontaneous shutdown on Monday.
However, fresh police reports reveal about 1300 people remain in detention while other have been released, TH reports.
Around 3,500 individuals which included prominent politicians, “known mobilisers” including three former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, were all detained in the unprecedented crackdown in the month of August as soon as the Centre revoked the semi-autonomous status of J&K.
The following months September, October too witnessed arrests as many as 2000 in areas where clashes were reported between security forces and locals.
According to reports, initially over 279 political leaders and party activists were detained, of which the number now stands at 227, including a BJP leader.
“Around 34 senior political leaders remain detained at the Centaur hotel in Srinagar,” the police said.
Those detained at the Centaur are likely to be shifted to a another location within the city, as cold weather has set in and the hotel’s heating system is not ‘up to the mark’.