50-year-old man booked for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups was released from detention on Wednesday morning in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, officials said.
However, it was not immediately clear whether he has been released on a bail granted by a local court on June 12 or case against him has been withdrawn.
Sajad Rashid Sofi has been released this morning and handed over to his family, they said.
Sofi, a social activist, accompanied a delegation from Safapora Ganderbal during his meeting with Advisor to Lt Governor Baseer Khan on June 10. ‘We have no expectation from officers who are from outside J&K while we can have expectations from you (Khan) because you are a Kashmiri and you can understand us. I can grab you by the collar and seek answers,” he said during the meeting.
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However, the comments had reportedly infuriated Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Krittika Jyotsna and she had got up from her chair to express her objection. She is a Uttar Pradesh (UP) cadre IAS officer who has been posted as DC Ganderbal.
Sofi was arrested and booked under Section 153A (promoting enmity) between different groups by making the comments at the public hearing. He was arrested same night. However, Sofi was granted bail on June 12 but he continued to remain under police detention.
The arrest evoked sharp reaction from the leaders of different political parties who described it unwarranted and brazen violation of the fundamental rights of people.