Mehbooba Mufti released after 14 months of detention; 'Will take back what Delhi snatched', she says
Following her release from detention after a period of 14 months, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said, "We will have to take back what New Delhi snatched from us illegally, undemocratically and unconstitutionally." She added that J&K cannot forget the "robbery and humiliation" of August 5 in an audio message shared on Twitter.
The J&K administration on October 13 revoked the Public Safety Act (PSA) and detention of former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, who has been under arrest for over 14 months since the Centre abrogated J&K’s special status on August 5, 2019.
“In exercise of powers conferred under Section 19(1) of the J&K Public Safety Act (PSA), the government revokes the detention order dated February 5 and extended for a period of three months on July 31, 2020 against Ms. Mufti,” an order issued by Shaleen Kabra, principal secretary, Home, said.
Mufti was lodged in two separate sub-jails in Srinagar before she was shifted to her official residence, which was converted into a sub-jail.
Immediately after her release, a PDP spokesman said Ms. Mufti would address a press conference in Srinagar on October 16. Ms. Mufti has not issued any statement since her arrest in 2019. The former Chief Minister was the last of the senior leaders under detention in Kashmir.