Release Mehbooba Mufti, others from detention: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah who was released from detention on Tuesday, has expressed hope that PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and others will be released from detention as well.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Omar wrote:  “It’s callous & cruel to continue to detain MehboobaMufti  & others at a time like this.There was never much justification to detain everyone in the 1st place & none at all to keep them detained as the country enters a 3 week lockdown.I hope @PMOIndia and @HMOIndia will release them.”

The orders revoking the PSA against Omar was issued by Jammu and Kashmir Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra. He had been booked under the stringent act on February 5, hours before his six-month custody under preventive detention completed. Omar and hundreds of leaders were detained after the Central government abrogated Article 370 on August 5, 2019.

Dr Farooq Abdullah, Kashir’s five times Chief Minister, was also charged under the PSA and released on March 13 after 221 days in detention. PDP leader and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti continues to be under detention. Omar’s release came within days after the Supreme Court asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to inform by this week if it was releasing him. This was in response to Sarah Abdullah, Omar’s sister taking is detention to the court.

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