Published On: Mon, Sep 16th, 2019

Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah detained under PSA law

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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah was booked and detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) on Monday. He was under house arrest since August 5 in Srinagar when the center abrogated Article 370 from the Indian Constitution that provided special status to the people in J&K.

Under the stringent law PSA authorities can detain without trial any individual for up to two years.

This is the first time PSA has been used on any mainstream politician and that too on an MP who had been chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir thrice.

The PSA law was brought by Farooq Abdullah’s father Sheikh Abdulla in 1978 to prevent timber smuggling.

Regional politicians in hundreds have been put on house arrest since August 5 and they include former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, son of Farooq Abdullah.

About the timing sources said it is feared Farooq Abdullah would go to the media with criticism and this could be awkward for the center just ahead of the UN General Assembly meet that is scheduled to be held later this month.

Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah detained under PSA law

Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of J&K, Ghulam Nabi Azad, condemned the PSA law being used against Farooq Abdullah.

He said, “How do you think one would feel when your body is being carved, the body that stood together in all odds, fought every evil unitedly… They divided regions, will they divide hearts too? Will they divide Hindus and Muslims? I thought my India was for all, everyone who believes in secular, unity.”

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