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 - Congratulations Pour in For Mamata Banerjee as TMC Scores Landslide Victory in West Bengal
Among those who have the PSA slapped on them include three former Chief Ministers, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir Admin Announces Complete Lockdown In 11 districts Amid Spike In COVID Cases
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 - Complete Corona Curfew Imposed in Jammu and Kashmir Till Monday Morning
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.