Ground Report | Srinagar
Jammu and kashmir administration today revoked the retention of former chief minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. Farooq Abdullah was under detention since August last year, when the central government abrogated Article 370 and ended the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.
“In exercise of powers conferred under Section 19(1) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, the government hereby revokes the detention order bearing No. DMS/PSA/120/2019 issued by District Magistrate, Srinagar,” a statement issued the government said.
Farooq Abdullah, who currently represents Srinagar constituency in Lok Sabha, was detained along with dozens of other senior politicians following the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and 35-A on August 5 last year. He was booked under stringent PSA and formally arrested on September 15.
The detention order of octogenarian Abdullah was extended for three more months by the administration in December last year and again on March 11 for further three months. However, it wasn’t immediately known whether Abdullah will be freed or will still remain under detention at his posh Gupkar residence in Srinagar. Abdullah’s son Omar and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, both former chief ministers are also detained under the PSA.