Sushma, Jaitley released from house arrest

Kathua (J&K): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Anant Kumar were on Wednesday released from custody by the Jammu and Kashmir authorities after which they launched an attack on the State government for stopping their yatra to unfurl the national flag in Srinagar.

Besides 200 BJP activists, those released by the Jammu and Kashmir Police included Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) chief Anurag Thakur and BJP leader Shanta Kumar.

Mr. Thakur was released along with other activists and dropped at Madhopur in Punjab. After the flag hoisting functions were over, Ms. Swaraj and Mr. Jaitley were released by the Deputy Inspector General Of Police Gareeb Dass from Hallmark Hotel where they were under house arrest.

Soon after their release, the BJP leaders slammed the State government for detaining them and thwarting their yatra.

“Omar’s offer was a mere lip service. On one side, he stops the hoisting of tri-colour in Srinagar and gives a moral boost to separatists and on the other, he invites us for tri-colour hoisting function“.

“Now that the function is over, they have released us.

We will suitably react at Jammu”, Ms. Swaraj said adding “They will hold a press conference at Jammu“.

She said the Ekta Yatra has come to an end with the hoisting of the tri-colour on January 26.

Mr. Thakur, after being released along with BJYM activists, hoisted the tri-colour at Police Training College (PTC) at Kathua.

Alleging that Jammu and Kashmir authorities did not treat their activists well, Mr. Thakur said they were not provided with proper beddings and were shivering during the night. “Our activists were deliberately maltreated“.