Srinagar, May 4 : Asserting that over the next few days the Public Safety Act (PSA) orders of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and other are due to expire, National Conference (NC) Vice-President Omar Abdullah on Monday said that it was high time they are set free and allowed to resume a normal life. Mr Abdullah, who is the former chief minister of J&K, said there was no justification for their detention much less as extension.
“Over the next few days the PSA detention orders of @MehboobaMufti, Sagar Sahib, @shahfaesal & others are due to expire. It's high time they are set free & allowed to resume a normal life. There was no justification for their detention much less as extension,” Mr Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter. Ms Mufti, who is president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was on April 7 shifted from a Srinagar sub-jail to her official residence, where she remained detained under PSA. She was detained at his official residence after it was converted into a sub-jail.
The PDP president Omar Abdullah and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, besides dozens of mainstream leaders, including ex-ministers, were detained on August 5, 2019, when the Centre abrogated Article 370 and Article 35 A, besides bifurcated the state into two Union Territories. Ms Mufti was later booked under the PSA and stayed in solitary confinement for over eight months. Omar Abdullah was released in March after about eight month detention following revocation of PSA which was slapped against him.
Dr Farooq, who is MP from Srinagar, was also released in March after remaining under detention for about seven months. The NC president was released after his PSA was revoked by the J&K administration. Some other people lodged in different jails outside J&K were released last month amid COVID-19 outbreak. However, several senior leaders, including NC leader Ali Mohammad Sagar, IAS officer turned politician Shah Faesal and PDP leader Naeem Akhtar, remained detained under PSA. (UNI)