Sitaram Yechury shoots letter to PM Modi Calls for release of detained persons in Kashmir, lifting of the clampdown on communications

Srinagar, Feb 05 : CPI (M) General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury, has addressed a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday calling for the release of the detained persons in Kashmir, lifting of the clampdown on communications, restoration of the democratic process and honoring of the assurances made to the people at the time of the accession of the state to the Indian Union.

According to the wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the letter addressed to PM Modi reads that “It is now six months since the severe restrictions had been clamped in Jammu & Kashmir following the abrupt abrogation of Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution through a resolution adopted by the Parliament.”

“Thousands have been detained from the night of the 4th-5th of August 2019. Many of them are lodged in jails in J&K and outside, detained in their residences under virtual house arrest or in other different locations. These include such people who have served as Union Cabinet ministers in the past, people like Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah (all three former Chief Ministers), Mohd. Yusuf Tarigami, a four time elected MLA to the now defunct assembly of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, and many others,” the letter reads.

“I am writing to you to demand that the detained persons be released and granted their liberty and freedoms as guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. The Communications clampdown must be lifted and the democratic processes restored immediately. These have severely impacted the economy of the region imposing unprecedented misery on the people,” it reads, adding that “the assurances made to the people at the time of the accession of the state to the Indian Union must be honored. I hope you will consider the matter with all the seriousness that it warrants.”