Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar booked under PSA


Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar has slapped the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) on Saturday.

Naeem Akhtar

The order comes two days after four leaders including two former Chief ministers were booked under the PSA. Akhtar became the sixth mainstream leader in Kashmir to be booked under the controversial PSA.

Earlier, NC leaders Mubarak Gul, Tanvir Sadiq, Peoples Conference President Sajad Lone and PDP leader Waheed Para were released from detention, while former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers – Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), on Thursday.

National Conference Senior Leader Ali Muhammad Sagar and PDP’s Sartaj Madni were also booked under PSA on February 6.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah continues to be in detention at his home at Gupkar Road in Srinagar which has been designated as a sub-jail.

Omar Abdullah is detained at Hari Niwas and Mehbooba Mufti has been kept in a government building on the Maulana Azad road in Srinagar.

On August 5, several mainstream politicians were taken into custody ahead of the Centre”s announcement on abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.

A total of 35 mainstream politicians were moved from the Centaur Hotel on the banks of the Dal Lake to the MLA hostel in November 2019. Over 20 leaders have either been released or shifted to their residences and put under house arrest.


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