1958: Sher-e-Kashmir Released

The Sher-e-Kashmir was released on January 8, 1958, after more than five years of imprisonment. He had been dethroned and arrested on August 9, 1953 for “conspiring with foreign powers.”
Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah had started dreaming of an independent state, and made no bones about it. His speech of July 13, 1953 is very significant. In this speech he regretted joining India in 1947.
Senior NC workers corroborate this. According to them, he made it clear in a 3-day working committee meet of the National Conference while Jawaharlal Nehru was watching the proceedings as an observer.
It is believed that on his release the Sheikh called on Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad the day he reached Srinagar. It is further believed that Bakhshi told him not to speak against him publicly.
In subsequent days, the Sheikh addressed several rallies and called for a boycott of the Republic Day celebrations of January 26. But the call did not evoke much response. He even failed to regain control of the Mujahid Manzil, the National Conference headquarters. His freedom, however, proved short lived. He was arrested again on April 28, 1958.

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