As many as 173 people, including resistance leaders, overground workers, alleged stone pelters, who were detained when Article 370 was abrogated in August 2019 in Jammu and Kashmir, continue to be under custody, the lower house of Indian
Parliament was informed on Tuesday.
Indian Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the government of Jammu and Kashmir has reported that in view of the constitutional changes effected by the Parliament with regard to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019, various measures were taken in the “interest of security and public order which included preventive detention of certain persons”.
“Since August 1, 2019, 627 people including separatists, overground workers, stone pelters, etc., were detained at various points of time. Out of these, based on regular review and ground situation, 454 persons have been released till date,” he said in a written reply to a question.
Reddy also said the government of Jammu and Kashmir has further reported that no person is under home arrest under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act.
Reports have said India arrested at least 5000 people during the crackdown before and after unilaterally revoking the limited autonomy of the disputed Himalayan region.