Govt revokes detention of Farooq Abdullah after seven months

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Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday issued orders for revoking detention of former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah seven months after he was detained.

Mr. Abdullah was detained following the abrogation of article-370 on 5 August. In September, he was booked under Public Safety Act (PSA), a strignent law that allows detention without trial.

“In exercise of powers conferred under Section 19(1) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, the government hereby revokes the detention order bearing No. DMS/PSA/120/2019 issued by District Magistrate, Srinagar,” a statement issued the government said.

Several mainstream leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including Farooq Abdullah’s son Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti are under detention following the abrogation of Article 370.

Reacting to the development, Ms. Mufti’s daugher, Iltija Mufti, wrote on her mother’s account: “time to release all detainees including thousands of young men languishing in jails outside J&K. This has gone on for far too long & must end now.”

Days ago, eight opposition parties sent a joint resolution to the BJP-led government, demanding the immediate release of all political detainees in Kashmir, especially the three former Chief Ministers — Farooq and Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

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