2 mainstream political leaders released from detention in J&K

Senior politician and People's Conference chairman Sajjad Lone and PDP leader Waheed Parra, close aide of detained former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, were released from preventive detention in Srinagar on Wednesday, officials said.

After the release of Lone and Parra, 13 political leaders now remain detained at the MLA hostel which has been temporarily converted into a subsidiary jail.

Lone and Parra walked free after being in preventive detention for over 180 days.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration had on Tuesday released two leaders -- former PDP MLA from Wachi in south Kashmir Aijaz Ahmad Mir and trade leader Shakeel Ahmed Qalandar, who is former president of the Federation Chamber of Industries, Kashmir.

Since Sunday, a total of eight leaders have been released from preventive custody.