The Central government came under fire at Parliament on Monday over Hurriyat leader Masrat Alam's release on orders of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacted saying he and his party share the anger of the House.
"I also lend my voice to the outrage on the release of the separatist... this is not one party's outrage, it is the nation's outrage," Modi said, NDTV reports. He added that his government will not let anything affect the integrity of the nation.
"I assure the country that the Centre will not accept anything that challenges the country's unity," Modi added, according to The Hindu.
Before the PM responded to the opposition's outrageous attacks, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government has asked the state to submit a report on the release.
"Many leaders have expressed their concern over the release of Alam. As soon as we got information in the matter, we asked for a report from the Jammu and Kashmir home department. Public safety and security will not be compromised in this country," IANS quoted Rajnath Singh as saying in the Lok Sabha.
Singh further told the Lower House that according to a report submitted by J&K government, 27 criminal cases have been registered against Alam since 1995; however, this is not sufficient and hence they have demanded further details.
"They have informed that the high court has granted him bail on all 27 cases as he could be detained for only two years on the same grounds," Singh said.
"We are not fully satisfied and have sought clarifications. I would like to reassure the house that we have taken the matter very seriously and if needed we will issue a strong clarification," he added.
The statements from both Modi and Singh came after leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge questioned the ruling party for releasing no statement from the PM on Alam's release.
Alam,44, is the alleged mastermind of 2010 unrest. He was released on Saturday from Baramulla District Jail on orders of J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.