The detention on former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti under the Public Safety Act (PSA) was extended for three months on Tuesday, 5 May, PTI reported.
Mehbooba Mufti was detained at the time of abrogation of Article 370 on 5 August, 2019. Booked under the stringent PSA, the former Chief Minister was initially kept at the Hari Niwas guesthouse in Srinagar and later shifted to a Tourism Department hut in the Chashma Shahi area.
“Stifling voices of reason has become the norm for the current dispensation esp post illegal scrapping of Article 370. Therefore, extension of my mother’s detention doesn’t surprise me. Wishful thinking to assume that by smothering any debate on Article 370, the issue will vanish,” Iltija Iqbal Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter tweeted following the news of the extension of house arrest.
Besides Mehbooba Mufti, two other former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah were also detained under the PSA but later released.
Other leaders including Shah Faesal and Naeem Akhtar continue to remain under detention with PSA slapped on them.