In a similar move, the detention of Ali Mohammed Sagar, former minister and senior National Conference leader, and Sartaj Madani, senior PDP leader and Mehbooba Mufti’s maternal uncle, was also extended by another three months.
In a brief order by the home department of the Jammu and Kashmir administration, the extension of PSA was made under the public order provisions of the Act.
Mufti was initially detained on August 5 last year when the Centre abrogated special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union territories. At present, she is lodged at her official residence, which has been converted into a subsidiary jail.
Sagar and Madani are in a government accommodation. Both leaders were detained under PSA on February 6 this year after completing their six-month detention.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the decision to extend the detention of Mufti was “unbelievably cruel” and “retrograde”.
“Unbelievably cruel & retrograde decision to extend @MehboobaMufti’s detention. Nothing she has done or said in any way justifies the way the Indian state has treated her & the others detained,” he tweeted.
Unbelievably cruel & retrograde decision to extend @MehboobaMufti’s detention. Nothing she has done or said in any… https://t.co/w14QHCt4iH
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) 1588695596000
“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.
Several political leaders inlcuding Omar, Mufti and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah were detained by the authorities on August 5. The PSA of senior Abdullah and his son was revoked earlier in March this year.
(With inputs from agencies)
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