New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday said in Parliament that 396 persons have been detained in Kashmir under the Public Safety Act (PSA) out of the total 451 detained in Jammu and Kashmir, Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy stated in the Rajya Sabha in response to a question by Shiromani Akali Dal MP Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa. Also Read - Srinagar: 8-Month-old Grandchild of COVID-19 Positive Man Falls Victim to Coronavirus
Among those who have the PSA slapped on them include three former Chief Ministers, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah. Also Read - After Brief Relief, Kashmir Enters Lockdown Again, This Time Over Coronavirus
The government said that 7,357 persons, including stone pelters, miscreants, overground workers, separatists, etc., were taken into preventive custody since August, 2019. Also Read - After Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti Likely to be Released Today
A total of eight mainstream leaders have been detained under the PSA in Kashmir.
The stringent law has come under sharp focus after two former chief ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, were booked under the PSA on January 6.
On September 16, 2019, MP and three-time former Chief Minister and Omar Abdulla’s father Farooq Abdullah was booked under the PSA.
Omar, Mehbooba and Farooq were among the dozens of Kashmiri politicians who were detained after the abrogation of Article 370.