New Delhi: After Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that he was praying for the early release of three former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir from their detention, Iltija Mufti, who uses Mehbooba Mufti’s Twitter account, hit back saying that he didn’t have to do it as the detainees were in his custody. Also Read - ‘Historic Decision’: Rajnath Singh on SC Ruling For Permanent Commission of Women in Army

“You don’t need to pray. They are in YOUR custody,” a tweet from Mehbooba Mufti’s account read. Also Read - ‘Next Talks With Pakistan Will be Held on PoK Only,’ Reiterates Rajnath Singh in Mangaluru

The minister not only prayed for the early release of three former CMs but also hoped that they will contribute towards normalising situation in Kashmir.

Notably, mainstream J&K politicians, including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah of National Conference (NC) and Mehbooba Mufti of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) — were placed under preventive detention soon after the Modi-led Centre struck the Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir state into two Union Territories on August 5 last year.

Though most of the politicians have been released since then, the three chief ministers and a dozen politicians remain detained. While Farooq Abdullah was booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) in September, Omar and Mehbooba were also recently detained under the same law. The government cited their provocative statements and threats issued before the nullification of Article 370 of the Indian constitution which granted special status to Jammu & Kashmir state.