Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed has started applying ‘healing touch’ to separatist leaders much to the chagrin of alliance partner, BJP, who are traditionally opposed to freeing them for pandering to anti-India sentiments.
On saturday when 42, year old Masarat Alam, Chief of Muslim League, was released from Baramulla district jail Mufti Sayeed fulfilled one of his poll promises made to the Kashmiri electorate.
Alam was behind bars since October 2010 after the then state govt slapped charges of Public Safety Act against him after his involvement was established in the street protests in the Kashmir valley leading to deaths of over 110 youth in the state.
Alam, Chief of Muslim league is considered one of the hardliners in the Hurriyat Camp and was projected as successor of Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the Hurriyat Conference (G).
The decision to release Masarat Alam was taken by the Chief Minister while chairing a meeting with DGP, K Rajendra few days ago.
According to official sources after the state Home department quashed the previous order slapping charges against Masarat Alam under the Public Safety Act the ball was set rolling to release him from the district hail, Baramulla.
Reacting to the unilateral decision of release Masarat Alam BJP MLA from Nowshera Ravinder Raina told reporters,” BJP will not tolerate such behaviour where separatist leaders against whom PSA charges were leveled would be released. He said BJP will take to the streets to expose such leaders who are pandering to the separatist voices and anti-India sentiment. It is better that the CM desists from taking such decision, which is against the national interest.Otherwise the nationalist people will leave no stone unturned to safeguard the interests of the nation.