Court orders release of separatist Masarat Alam


sRINAGAR, The Jammu and Kashmir high court on Tuesday ordered the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam, who has been in jail for the last six years on charges of fomenting trouble and posing a threat to public safety in the state.

Alam, languishing in a jail in Kathua near Jammu, was booked under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) following the 2010 deadly unrest that left over 100 people dead in the Kashmir Valley.

Alam was accused of having orchestrated violent anti-India protests in the valley after the Indian Army killed three civilians in an alleged fake shootout near the de facto border with Pakistan.