PSA detention of Mehbooba Mufti, Sartaj Madni & Ali Sagar extended

Srinagar May 05: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief and Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba who is detained under Public Safety Act since August 05 has been extended by three more months.

PSA detention of another PDP leader Sartaj Madni and National Conference leader, Ali Mohammad Sagar was also extended.

The extension of three months in case of Mehbooba means she would spent a year in detention before it comes up for review again in August.

Mufti, 60, has been under detention at her house in Srinagar since April, which has been accorded the status of a make-shift jail by the government. Before that, she was lodged at a make-shift jail at Maulana Azad Road in the city.

Mehbooba Mufti was detained along with National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, his father Farooq Abdullah and hundreds of politicians when the government ended special status to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territorie

Omar Abdullah, who was released from detention in the last week of March, called the extension “unbelievably cruel and retrograde”.

“Unbelievably cruel and retrograde decision to extend Mehbooba Mufti’s detention. Nothing she has done or said in any way justifies the way the Indian state has treated her and the others detained,” he tweeted.

“For a government that is making tall claims about normality in J&K the last few days coupled with the extension of Ms Mufti’s detention is proof enough that Modi ji has single-handedly pushed J&K back decades,” he added.

Similarly authorities also extended the detention of Ali Muhammad Sagar and Sartaj Madani as well.

Highly placed sources revealed to news agency— Kashmir News Observer (KNO),  that authorities have also extended PSA of NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar and PDP leader Sartaj Madni as well, sources said. Both leaders were detained under PSA on February 06 this year after completing six months under detention.

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