Farooq Abdullah’s detention extended by 3 months

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 12/15/2019 12:03:31 PM

Move contrary to Centre’s normalcy claims: NC

SRINAGAR, Dec 14: The detention of Dr Farooq Abdullah, a three-term chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended today by three months and he would continue to remain at his residence that has been declared a sub-jail, officials said here.
Farooq, a five-time parliamentarian, has been under detention since August 5 when the Centre abrogated special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state.
The stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) was first slapped against him on September 17, hours before the Supreme Court was to hear a petition by MDMK leader Vaiko who claimed that the NC leader was detained illegally.
The National Conference chairman has been booked under the ''public order'' provision of the PSA which allows that a person can be kept inside jail from three to six months without a trial, the officials said.
Two other former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are also under detention but they have not been booked under PSA. Mehbooba has been lodged in a state guest house, converted into a sub jail, while Omar in Hari Niwas, also converted into a sub jail.
A number of detained leaders from NC, PDP and other mainstream parties were recently shifted to MLAs Hostel here from a local hotel after the cold gripped Kashmir. The hotel was declared a sub jail. MLAs’ hostel too has been declared a sub jail.
A number of detained leaders at MLAs hostel had protested against the frisking of their family children by cops, who had come to meet them along with other family members.
Later security men raided the hostel and during search recovered over a dozen mobile phones. Officials said the leaders cannot have mobile phones since they have been detained and MLAs hostel converted into a sub jail.
In the meanwhile, reacting to this development, National Conference criticized the move and said the fresh detention is contrary to normalcy claims of the central government.
National Conference leader and MP, Hasnain Masoodi, said that even though the government claims to have restored normalcy in Kashmir, but by extending the detention of a five-time parliamentarian, it is clear that the government does not want to initiate any genuine political process in the Valley.
He said that the National Conference will now weigh options to challenge the detentions of both Farooq Abdullah and that of his son, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Masoodi, who has written a letter to the government requesting a meeting with Farooq Abdullah, said the government has not responded to his letter so far.
“It is most unfortunate and undemocratic,” Davinder Singh Rana said while reacting to the imposition of fresh PSA on Dr Abdullah. “The imposition of the PSA on Dr Farooq at the first place is a major setback to mainstream politics in Jammu and Kashmir because Dr Farooq Abdullah always stood for and by the nation and its values,” Rana said.



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