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Only one from BJP among 177 politicians arrested in Kashmir after Article 370 move

As many as 71 politicians from National Conference and 35 from PDP were placed under house arrest after Modi govt scrapped Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir.

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New Delhi: Among the 177 politicians arrested in Kashmir soon after the revocation of Article 370, only one was from the BJP, while 71 were from the National Conference (NC) and 35 from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) — the two mainstream regional political parties in Jammu and Kashmir.

While 19 politicians were from the Congress, 28 were from former IAS officer Shah Faesal’s Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM), 10 from Sajjad Gani Lone’s People’s Conference and eight from Awami Ittehad Party (AIP).

According to documents accessed by ThePrint, most arrests were made from Bandipora, followed by Srinagar, Kupwara and Ganderbal. The arrested BJP politician was from Sopore.

A total of 4,844 people were arrested from Kashmir. Of these, 1,281 were in custody until September end and 3,563 were released, the documents revealed.

These documents, accessed through sources in the security establishment, have data upto 30 September.

Among the 4,844 people arrested, 4,062 were “stone pelters”, 156 were Over Ground Workers (OGW), 117 were volunteers and workers of Hurriyat/Jamaat-e-Islami, 13 were non-politicians, 118 were ‘released militants’ and 151 common people, the data revealed.

OGW are those inducted by terror organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) last week said over 609 people are currently under detention in Jammu and Kashmir.

In reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the home ministry stated said that to prevent offences involving a breach of peace, activities prejudicial to the security of J&K and maintenance of public order, as many as 5,161 preventive arrests were made in Kashmir since 4 August — the day before the central government announced scrapping of Article 370 and bifurcation of the region into two union territories.

Also read: Kashmir begins moving politicians out of detention, but they will be under house arrest

746 arrested under PSA still in jail

Documents show that 746 persons, arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA), are still behind the bars.

While 235 prisoners were shifted to jails in Uttar Pradesh — between 5 August and 5 September — 511 are still lodged at Central Jail in Srinagar, according to data until 31 October.

On 8 August, 26 prisoners were shifted to Central Jail in Agra, on 9 August, 20 more were shifted to District Jail, Bareilly, and on 10 August, 24 others were shifted to Lucknow jail.

On 11 August, 16 prisoners were moved to Central Jail, Naini, Prayagraj, and on 19 August, 30 others were sent to Central Jail, Varanasi.

On 21 August, 30 prisoners were sent to Ambedkar Nagar district jail in Uttar Pradesh and 30 others were sent to Central Jail, Agra, on 22 August.

On 3 and 5 September, 30 prisoners were shifted to Ambedkar Nagar jail and 29 to Agra central jail, respectively.

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