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Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah's detention revoked with immediate effect

Abdullah, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir has been in detention for over seven months

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Farooq Abdullah, National Conference
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday issued orders revoking the detention of former Chief Minister, with immediate effect, Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary Planning, Jammu and Kashmir, said in a tweet.

Abdullah, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir has been in detention for over seven months. He was earlier detained under the J&K Public Safety Act (PSA).

was placed under detention along with other leaders including his son and former J&K CM, Omar Abdullah on August 5, when the government ended special status to Jammu and Kashmir under and imposed massive restrictions.

He was charged with "disturbing public order" under the law, which means shorter detention of three months.

This was the first time that the PSA, used against terrorists, separatists or stone-throwers, was used on a mainstream politician, especially an MP and a three-time Chief Minister.

Days ago, eight opposition parties sent a joint resolution to the BJP-led government, demanding the immediate release of all political detainees in Kashmir, especially the three former Chief Ministers -- Farooq and Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

First Published: Fri, March 13 2020. 13:35 IST
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