Srinagar, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a local court has designated the International Convention Centre’s Centaur Hotel as a sub-jail to pave way for the meeting of relatives with around 50 pro-India leaders detained there since the August 5 decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status.

The Srinagar magistrate in an order also designated the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kashmir, as Superintendent of Sub-Jail to ensure basic legal provisions contained in the Jail Manual are implemented.

“The jail superintendent will take all measures to allow interviews and letters; apprise relatives and legal advisers of the detained persons, who could be allowed to meet once or twice,” reads the order of the Srinagar magistrate.

Shabnum Ghani Lone, sister of Peoples Conference chief, Sajad Lone, on August 21 filed a petition before the court to allow her and her mother to meet Sajad Lone. The family was allowed to meet Lone on August 23.

It is after 19 days of detention of around 50 pro-India politicians at the Centaur Hotel that the families can freely meet now.

Several political leaders from pro-India parties National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Conference (PC) and Indian National Congress are detained at the hotel.


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