Mehbooba shifted to residence, detention continues

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/7/2020 11:58:14 PM

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SRINAGAR, Apr 7: Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, at present detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA), was shifted from a make-shift jail to her residence, officials said.
The order to shift the 60-year-old Mehbooba, who was initially put under preventive custody on August 5 last year and later booked under the stringent PSA on February 6, was issued by the Jammu and Kashmir home department.
The order stated that she was being shifted from a subsidiary jail at Maulana Azad Road to “Fairview Gupkar Road” which is her official residence.
Before shifting her, the government accorded status of subsidary jail to her official residence with immediate effect, it said.
Meanwhile, National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah has demanded that PDP president Mehbooba Mufti be set free, saying merely shifting her home while keeping her under detention was a cop out.
In a tweet, Omar said,”@MehboobaMufti must be set free. Shifting her home while continuing to keep her detained is a cop out”.
The Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference (JKPC) chief spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the continued detention of Mehbooba, JKPC chairman Sajad Lone — who is under house arrest — and other mainstream politicians was “authoritarian”.
“The continued detention of @JKPC_ Chairman @sajadlone and @jkpdp President @MehboobaMufti and a number of senior mainstream leaders is authoritarian. They’ve been under detention for more than 8 months now- not allowed access to the media, to their colleagues and their relatives,” he said on Twitter.



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