Srinagar, Aug 6 (KNS): The CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today demanded release of all political prisoners in deference to the forthcoming festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. In a statement, Tarigami demanded that hundreds of youth who have been in jails for quite some time under minor offences be released under general amnesty and as a goodwill gesture. He also sought immediate release of political prisoners who have been repeatedly booked under Public Safety Act. “We are receiving numerous requests from relatives and families whose near and dear ones are languishing in different jails. These families want to enjoy the forthcoming festival with their kith and kin. The government must understand the sensitivities involved and release all political prisoners under amnesty plan,” the CPI (M) leader added. He also expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of some of the inmates saying that prisoners with serious ailments should be released on compassionate grounds.