As a goodwill gesture, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday ordered release of separatist leader Shabir Shah.
An official spokesman said the Chief Minister's order had been communicated to the state police, who had arrested Shah in connection with a criminal case after the separatist leader's Public Safety Act was revoked.
The personal intervention of Omar is seen as a goodwill gesture on part of the state government towards the separatist leadership in the state.
Recently, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had said the Government was willing to hold talks with separatists in a discreet manner. PTI