Masarat Alam’s release: Opposition alleges PDP consulted BJP before decision
New Delhi:Principal opposition party Congress on Monday accused the BJP government of having a hand in the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam in Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must issue a statement over the issue, saying it was not possible that party’s alliance partner in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP took the decision unilaterally.
Responding to the allegation, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP had nothing to do with the release.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan tried to pacify the Opposition by saying Home Minister Rajnath Singh would issue a statement. However, the assurance was not enough for the parties as they raised slogans against the government.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned after the ruckus.
Alam was arrested in October 2010 at the height of the unrest in Kashmir in which 112 people were killed in clashes between the security forces and unruly mobs.
Masrat Alam spearheaded the 2010 unrest by making highly inflammatory speeches and issuing programmes for protests which paralysed normal life in Kashmir for over six months.
The National Conference-led Jammu and Kashmir government had set a Rs.10,00,000 award for Alam's arrest.
(With agency inputs)
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