The DMK president M K Stalin has condemned the detention of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah (83) under the Public Safety Act after keeping him under house arrest following the abrogation of special status of the State on Aug 5 last.
Farooq Abdullah’s detention without trial came to light when the Centre told the Supreme Court on Tuesday in response to a habeas corpus petition filed by Rajya Sabha member and Marumalarchi DMK leader Vaiko.
He filed a habeas corpus petition precisely to bring this fact to light. He filed the petition on the ground that he had invited Dr Abdullah to take part in an MDMK function on Sept 30 in connection with the fortnight celebration being held this month by all Dravidian parties to commemorate the birth anniversaries of DMK founder C N Annadurai and DK patriarch “Periyar” Ramasamy.
In a statement, Stalin described detention of Dr Abdullah as “murder of democracy”, besides being “arbitrary and illegal.
Stalin had invited Dr Abdullah to unveil the statue of his father and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi at Murasoli office on Aug 7. Abdullah, who was close to Karunanidhi since the dismissal of his government in 1987 by Indira Gandhi, could not make it as he was put under house arrest.
The DMK took the lead at the national level in organising a massive protest in Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the lockdown in Kashmir and for the release of all leaders.