New Delhi: In a recent tweet, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Tuesday demanded that former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who has been under detention for eight months, since August 5 last year. Also Read - With Article 370 Gone, Army Now Wants to Buy Land in J&K to Set up Camp
Earlier today, the J&K administration has announced that Mufti has been shifted to her official residence at Fairview Gupkar Road, Srinagar from the earlier detention camp on MA Road. However, she continues to remain under detention even at her residence. Also Read - Day After Forces Foiled Pulwama-Style Attack, Cops Identify Owner of Explosives-Laden Car
“Mehbooba Mufti must be set free. Shifting her home while continuing to keep her detained is a cop out,” former CM Omar Abdullah had tweeted. Also Read - Pulwama-like Terror Attack Averted: Vehicle Suspected of Carrying 40-45 Kgs of Explosives; JeM Has Main Role, Says Top Cop
The administration order termed Mufti’s official residence as a ‘subsidiary jail’, where she will be detained until an order of release is issued.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief was, in February, booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).
Notably, Mufti, who is the last Chief Minister of the erstwhile state was, on the night before August 5, put under house after the Centre announced the abrogation of Article 370, thus revoking special status of the region and splitting it into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
She was among several politicians from the Valley, including the father-son duo of Farooq and Omar Abdullah, both former Chief Ministers themselves, who were put under house arrest by the Centre in the wake of its move.
However, while the Abdullahs have already been released-Farooq on March 13 and Omar on March 24-Mehbooba Mufti continues to be in detention.