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Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, charged under the PSA, a stringent law that allows detention without trial!

Ashok Swain
@ashoswai
Modi is inflicting this pain to Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah not for any security reason but only to give his Hindutva Gang sadistic pleasure!


Aditya Raj Kaul
@AdityaRajKaul
Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been placed under Public Safety Act (PSA) by the J&K Police. Not long ago, these politicians used the same PSA against others in Kashmir for national security. Wonder why the multi-millionaire elites of Kashmir should be treated differently.

Ahmed Bin Qasim
@Aahmedbq
In 2010, your mother condemned my mother’s illegal detention as her political rival, Omar Abdullah, was ruling. 3 years ago, your mother was in power, she had my mother arrested and didn’t stop there. She didn’t allow her family to meet her or medicine to reach her.

#Kashmir


Mehbooba Mufti
@MehboobaMufti
Exactly 6 months ago,I watched helplessly as officers took my mother away. Days have turned into weeks & weeks into months.Yet, political leadership in Kashmir remains under illegal detention. It’s been an Orwellian nightmare to be up against a government muzzling it’s own people

Smita Prakash
@smitaprakash
Their 6 month preventive custody would have ended today, now PSA on Omar & Mehbooba, NC minister Sagar, PDP’s Madani. PSA allows for detention for up to two years without a trial or charge. Hoping for normalcy in Kashmir & return of the CMs to public life.


Sunil Gandhi
@Sunpreity
#MehboobaMufti & #OmarAbdullah have been Booked under PSA …

Finally Justice has been Done.

Those who are saying its Draconian Law than where were they when it was misused by both of them?

Right place for such Traitors is Jail only

India feeling Proud today after PSA Imposed

Mehbooba Mufti
@MehboobaMufti
Ms Mufti received a PSA order sometime back.Slapping the draconian PSA on 2 ex J&K CMs is expected from an autocratic regime that books 9 year olds for ‘seditious remarks’. Question is how much longer will we act as bystanders as they desecrate what this nation stands for?

ANI
@ANI
Jammu & Kashmir: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah & Peoples Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Requesting not to be named, a senior police officer told NDTV that a District Magistrate has signed detention warrants against Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under arrest for the last six months, have been charged under the Public Safety Act –

a stringent law that allows detention without trial for up to three months, sources told NDTV on Thursday.

Requesting not to be named, a senior police officer told NDTV that a District Magistrate has signed detention warrants against Mr Abdullah and Ms Mufti. Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija, who handles her Twitter account, confirmed the order.

Ms Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister J&K to whom this twitter handle belongs has been detained since 5th August 2019 without access to the account. This handle is now operated by myself, Iltija daughter of Ms Mufti with due authorisation.

— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) September 20, 2019
Two more leaders – Ali Mohammad Sagar of the National Conference (NC) and Sartaj Madhvi of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – have also been booked under the PSA. Ironically, the charges against Mr Sagar, a general secretary of the NC, include his ability to mobilise people especially for voting in elections at the height of militancy in Kashmir.

Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will be kept at the facilities where they are currently under detention.

Omar Abdullah’s father, Farooq Abdullah was charged under the same law last September and has been under house arrest since August as well. The 83-year-old politician was charged with “disturbing public order” under the law, which means shorter detention of three months.

Hundreds of politicians including the Abdullahs and Mehbooba Mufti were detained or arrested in August as part of the centre’s massive clampdown after its decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the constitution and split it into two union territories.

Using the PSA against Farooq Abdullah was the first instance of the law being used against a mainstream politician, especially an MP and a three-time Chief Minister. Usually, it has been used to arrest terrorists, separatists or stone-throwers.

Formally called the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, the law was introduced by Farooq Abdullah’s father, former Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah, to target timber smugglers.

The PSA, often described as a “draconian law”, empowers the government to detain individuals whose actions can be seen as “instigating, provoking or disturbing, or is likely to disturb, public order”. It also allows the government to detain individuals “outside the limits of the territorial jurisdiction of the officer making the order”.

Under Section 13 of the PSA, detention orders can only be issued by a Divisional Commissioner or District Magistrate, neither one of which is obliged to disclose facts about the detention that “it considers to be against the public interest”

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