News Desk, Ground Report:
After almost eight months of incarceration, the former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief, Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday shifted to her Gupkar residence where she has been kept under house detention. Her Gupkar residence has been declared as a subsidiary jail. Officials said that Mehbooba has been shifted to her residential place in Gupkar and has been kept under house detention.
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She was detained on August 5, last year, when the government in centre abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile State into two Union Territories. Meanwhile, the government has declared Fairview Gupkar as a subsidiary jail. “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (b) of section 2 of the Prisoners Act, 1990, the government hereby declares Fairview, Gupkar Road, Srinagar as “Subsidiary Jail”,” an order issued by Principal Secretary to Government, Shaleen Kabra, reads.
Meanwhile, former chief minister and National Conference vice president, Omar Abdullah in his tweet said that Mehbooba must be released fully. “@MehboobaMufti must be set free. Shifting her home while continuing to keep her detained is a cop out,” Omar tweeted.
Earlier, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was released from custody in the last week of March after nearly eight months. The order for his release was issued after the charges against him were removed under the Public Security Act (PSA).
After his release, he said that the first task is to compete with Kovid-19 and he will talk about the political situation in detail later. His father Farooq Abdullah was released from custody before Omar Abdullah. Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was released on 13 March after being detained for 221 days. Last year, several leaders, including Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, were detained following the decision to remove Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and divide it into two union territories.
After his release from custody, Omar also demanded the release of all other people in custody, including PDP leader and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. After his release, Omar Abdullah said that high speed mobile internet service should be restored with the release of those detained within and outside this union territory.