Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu
Ministry of Home Affairs has slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) on two former chief ministers of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir – Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah.
They have already been under detention for the last six months since the abrogation of Article 370.
Omar Abdullah, 49, and Mehbooba Mufti, 60, were detained since August 5, when the Modi government announced the abrogation of Article 370 scrapping Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories.
Sources said that while “most of the political leaders were released after they signed a bond not to indulge in political activity, at least 10 leaders are in detention.”
PSA was also slapped on National Conference general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, former NC MLC Bashir Veeri and PDP leader Sartaj Madni (maternal uncle of Mehbooba Mufti) soon after their release from MLA Hostel Srinagar earlier in the day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke in Parliament describing the situation in Kashmir valley after the Abrogation of Article 370. PM Modi told Lok Sabha that Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah had given inflammatory speeches before the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. All three Kashmiri leaders now face PSA charges.
“We won’t give permission to disturb the peace of any place in this country be it Kashmir or Northeast,” the PM said.
Meanwhile, four leaders were released on Wednesday, including People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone — once a close BJP aide — and Wahid Para, a member of Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party.