New Delhi: Detained under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah spent a rather strange day in the sub-jail as he celebrated his 50th birthday on Tuesday. Spending some time with him this afternoon there were his mother and sisters, along with few family relatives. Also Read - ‘Insult is Heaped on Injury’: Omar Abdullah Slams Centre Over New Domicile Rules For J-K
Sadly, his father and five-time chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who himself is booked under PSA order could not visit Omar on his special day. Also Read - 'Headspace' And 'Calm': Omar Abdullah Recommends Apps to Deal With Anxiety During COVID-19 Lockdown
Meanwhile, Omar’s sister Sara Abdullah Pilot took over his Twitter account who wrote a message saying she would be temporarily managing the account. Also Read - Srinagar: 8-Month-old Grandchild of COVID-19 Positive Man Falls Victim to Coronavirus
Omar Abdullah spent the entire day at Hari Nivas in Srinagar, not too far from his residence, where he has been kept under detention since the night before August 5 last year when the Centre abrogated Article 370, scrapping the erstwhile state’s special status and bifurcating it into two union territories – J&K and Ladakh.
Remarkably, his grandfather Sheikh Abdullah was 47 when he was dismissed from the J&K Prime Minister chair on August 8, 1953. He was arrested subsequently and remained in jail for nearly 11 years.
Omar has a full-grown salt and pepper beard and is almost unrecognisable in the few photographs that surfaced on social media in recent weeks.
Three Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers, including National Conference’s Omar Abdullah, his father Farooq Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti have been in detention for seven months now.
The detention of the J&K leaders and activists triggered immense anger and anguish from netizens across social media platforms. It has also been severely criticised by the opposition parties who claim it to be an attempt to suppress dissent.
Omar, who was the chief minister of the state from 2009 to 2014, rose to fame in 2008 with his famous five-minute speech at Parliament when he, despite being in opposition, supported the Indo-US nuclear deal.