Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti was released on Tuesday after being in preventive detention for more than 14 months following the abrogation of Article 370 last year.
“Ms. Mehbooba Mufti being released,” JK government spokesman Rohit Kansal tweeted.
The decision came two days before her daughter Iltija Mufti’s petition challenging her detention was scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court.
In an audio message posted on Twitter after being released, she said the people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot forget the “robbery and humiliation” of August 5 and demanded release of all prisoners lodged in different jails of the Union territory and outside.
“Now, all of us have to reiterate, we will have to take back what New Delhi snatched from us illegally, undemocratically and unconstitutionally. In addition to this we will have to continue our struggle for the resolution of Kashmir issue for which thousands of people sacrifices their lives. I agree that this path would not be easy but I have belief that our courage and our determination will help us to cross this road,” she said in the audio message.
Immediately after the revocation of detention, the PDP said Mufti would address a press conference on Friday. In her message, Mufti also said, “All this time, the black decision of the black day of August 5, 2019 wounded my soul. And I understand the situation would have been similar for all people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Mufti, along with the entire separatist and mainstream leadership, was detained by the J&K Police on August 5 last year; the day the Centre abrogated Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and downgraded the state into two Union Territories. Initially, Mufti was under preventive detention for six months. As it expired, the government slapped the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) against her on February 5 this year. Her detention under the PSA was extended on July 31. On April 7, after the Covid-19 pandemic, Mufti was shifted to her residence that was declared a subsidiary jail by the government.
While Mufti was not the only mainstream leader booked under the PSA after the abrogation of J&K’s special status, she is the last mainstream political leader to be released by the government.
- Sikkim: Ruling SKM protests SC’s ‘Nepali immigrant’ verdict
- Tripura polls: BJP’s key poll plank will be development, says Assam CM
- Khelo India Youth Games to commence in Madhya Pradesh
- Go Green: Nagaland bride shuns flower waste for organic veggies
- Gandhi’s image is under scrutiny 75 years after his assassination
- Security beefed up in poll-bound Tripura on last day of filing nomination