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‘Free leaders’ barred from addressing media: NC leader

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Says wrong information has been submitted before HC

Srinagar: A day after authorities informed J&K High Court that National Conference and Awami National Conference leaders are not under house detention, National Conference leader Muhammad Akbar Lone Thursday said facts were
twisted and the court was misled while the fact is that these leaders are under house arrest since August 5.
Lone visited the leaders on Thursday afternoon and talked to media persons on MA Road after his visit.
“The three leaders were scheduled to address the media persons. However, media were not allowed to proceed from MA Road towards the inner lane where the residences of these leaders are located,” he said.
“We have been told that Mustafa Kamal, Begum Khalida Shah and Muzaffar Shah are not under detention. In this regard, all these leaders were scheduled to address the press and inform that they are continuously under detention
and restrictions,” said Lone while talking to media persons.
“When we came here, we also came to know all these three leaders are under detention and are not allowed to come out of their respective homes. This confirms that wrong feedback has been given by them (authorities),” he
said.
“We went inside and saw police was not allowing these leaders to address the media. When we saw this, we came out (from their home premises),” he said.
He added that as per their information, the three leaders were scheduled to inform the media about their detention to negate the information submitted by authorities before the High Court.
“Our leaders are presently under detention and we can talk about our future strategy only once they are released,” he said while replying to a query.
The state government on Wednesday informed J&K HC that it has not put under house arrest National Conference leaders Mustafa Kamal, Awami National Conference president Khalida Shah and her deputy Muzaffar shah.
The trio had petitioned before the court through counsel that their detention has been has been made “without any just cause or reason violating with impunity their fundamental rights guaranteed under Constitution of India.”
(KNT)


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