Mehbooba Mufti Freed From Custody
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti released after 14 months; detained last year after removal of article 370
The Chief of Peoples Democratic Party and the former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti was released from custody on Tuesday. Jammu and Kashmir administration's spokesman, Rohit Kansal informed. Mehbooba was detained in August last year after the article 370 was abrogated.
Mehbooba was detained on the night of August 4, a day before removing article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. Since then she was under house arrest. Mehbooba was then rebooked under the Public Security Act on February 6, even before her term of custody expired, after which her period of detention increased. The Public Safety Act (PSA) was enacted in 1978 in Jammu and Kashmir. Under this, anyone can be detained for up to 2 years without trial. Earlier this law was made against the traffickers of wood, but gradually it was also used in other criminal cases. Special use of this act was made in 2010 when the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was bad for several months.
Mehbooba was relocated four times in eight months. First, she was kept in the Hari Niwas Guest House in Srinagar. The second time she was sent to the guest house of the tourism department in the Chashma Shahi area. Since then she was kept in the Government Quarter of Transport Yard in Srinagar and finally, the fourth time, she was sent from temporary prison to some other place.
Mehbooba was the only major leader of Jammu and Kashmir who was kept under house arrest till now, former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, have been already released. Farooq was released on 15 March, while Omar was released 10 days later on 25 March. After his release, Omar demanded an end to the house arrest of all the leaders.