Oppn parties demand release of JK leaders
New Delhi: Opposition parties, including the Congress, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the DMK, staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here on Thursday, demanding the release of the political leaders under detention in Jammu and Kashmir and restoration of normalcy there.Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav, Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav and RJD’s Manoj Jha were among those who took part in the protest. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn a resolution passed during the protest, the opposition parties said as a consequence of abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution without holding consultations with the people of Jammu and Kashmir or their representatives, an undeclared state of Emergency had come to force in the Valley. “We stand by the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their difficult hour. The decisions taken by the Union government to impose a complete communication blackout and the continued detention of former chief ministers and political leaders…members of civil society and even innocent citizens running into thousands are matters of grave concern. “There has been a chilling crackdown on free speech and the right of assembly,” the resolution said.