Noor, Abid and Yawar are former MLAs from Batamaloo, Zadibal and Rafiabad constituencies respectively. Shoaib Lone had contested the North Kashmir seat on a Congress ticket in the last assembly elections but lost. He subsequently resigned as district president of the party.
While the four of them have been finally allowed to walk free from the makeshift detention centre at Centaur Hotel along
, scores of politicians, separatist leaders and activists remain under detention or house arrest. The list includes former CMs Farooq and
The administration had announced two weeks ago that the detained politicians would be released in phases, depending on how the Valley responds to efforts to restore normalcy. Leaders of mainstream political parties in Jammu were the first to be released.