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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Srinagar: Separatist leader Masarat Alam who was released on the orders of the J-K High Court, was re-arrested on Tuesday “on the gates” of Kotbalwal jail in Jammu, seconds after he was released.

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“He (Alam) was released after we provided a copy of the High Court order to the jail authorities today,” said  Muslim League spokesperson Mohammed Rafiq Ganai. “But even as he was yet to come out of the jail, a few policemen, who were already present inside the jail, arrested him.”

Ganai said that they have no information of where Alam was taken to and that the police are also not saying anything. “We are worried for his safety,” he said. “Police have waged a war against the Muslim League leaders and activists. They (leaders) are being arrested and harassed by the men in uniform.”

A bench of Justice Hasnain Masoodi had said last month that Alam’s arrest was “undemocratic and repugnant to rule of law.”

Alam’s release in March this year had triggered a political row in Kashmir. Due to pressure from the BJP and the central government, the People’s Democratic Party in Kashmir had to re-arrest Alam on April 17 for “sedition” and “waging war against the state.”

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The Plight Of Kashmir’s Pandits

The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Plight of Kashmiri Pandits continues: Community members. Flickr

Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.

For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.

United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.

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“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”

She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.

The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”

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Kashmiri Hindus protest renaming of Shankaracharya Hill. Flickr

Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.

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“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.

In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)

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