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first_imgSRINAGAR: Political leaders from Kashmir who are under preventive detention following the abrogation of Article 370 will be released soon, Jammu and Kashmir administration said on Thursday.When questioned about the timeline for the release of political prisoners in Kashmir, Farooq Khan, advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik said: “Yes, one by one after analysis of every individual, they (leaders) will be released.” On being asked about the increased activity of the police and security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, Khan said that it was not due to any special kind of terrorist threat but was more of a preventive measure. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”The administration has taken preventive measures by increasing its activity in the region. All forces including police, Army, BSF are on alert and will continue to give fitting reply to the terrorists,” he said. Upon being asked about the continuous ceasefire violations from across the border by Pakistan, Khan said, “Pakistan has been taught a lesson in the past, and if the need arises it will be taught a lesson again in the coming days.” Around 400 prominent political leaders – including former Chief Ministers 83-year-old Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti – were placed under detention or house arrest as the government announced its move to end special status granted to the state under the Article 370 and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: ReportsIt was part of the stringent security measures – that included prohibitory orders and switching of phone and internet facilities – to prevent any backlash. But the government said the lifting of the security measures would depend on the local authorities, who will make a decision given the ground situation. Over the last weeks, life has been limping back to normal in Kashmir. While some restrictions are still in place in some pockets, traffic has been heavy on the roads of Srinagar. All the markets, though, are yet to open and attendance in schools is very thin , say locals. Earlier this week, it was announced that polling for over 300 Block Development Councils would be held on October 24 and counting will take place on the same day. Around 26,000 panchayat members are eligible to vote. With agency inputslast_img


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