Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone released from detention

Lone was a minister in the PDP-BJP government in the erstwhile state of J&K and was detained on the intervening night of August 4 and 5, 2019, when the J&K Reorganization Bill was passed and the state was downgraded into two Union Territories.

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The JKPC chairman was moved to his residence here in February this year and placed under house arrest, the officials said.
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday released People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone from house arrest but directed him to not leave his residence until August 5, the first anniversary of withdrawal of special status of J&K.

Lone was a minister in the PDP-BJP government in the erstwhile state of J&K and was detained on the intervening night of August 4 and 5, 2019, when the J&K Reorganization Bill was passed and the state was downgraded into two Union Territories.

The administration officially claimed that around 7500 people in J&K including Hurriyat leaders, activists and three former chief ministers including Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained in wake of the August 5 decision.


Moments after his release order Lone tweeted that jail was not a new experience, but it was psychologically draining.“Finally 5 days short of a year I have been officially informed that I am a free man. So much has changed. So have I. Jail was not a new experience. Earlier ones were harsh with usual doses of physical torture. But this was psychologically draining. Much to share hopefully soon,” he tweeted. Lone was first detained at a convention center on the banks of Dal Lake and later shifted to MLA hostel before being finally kept under house arrest at his government residence in Church Lane.
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