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Farooq Abdullah's Detention Under Public Safety Act Extended By Another 3 Months

The Rajya Sabha MP was forced to miss the winter session of parliament because of his detention.

New Delhi: The detention of Farooq Abdullah, a three-term chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended on Saturday by three months. He will continue to remain at his residence, which has been declared a sub-jail.

The case of Abdullah, also a five-term parliamentarian, was reviewed by the advisory board of the Home Department of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which recommended extension of his detention under the Public Safety Act, officials told PTI.

His house, located at Gupkar Road, has been declared a sub-jail by the the union territory’s Home Department.

The Rajya Sabha MP was forced to miss the winter session of parliament because of his detention.

Eighty-two-year-old Abdullah, who became the first chief minister against whom the stringent public safety law was invoked, has a heart pacemaker implanted and had undergone a kidney transplant a few years ago.

Abdullah was among a host of leaders and activists who were detained on August 5 when the Centre read Article 370 and divided the state into two union territories – Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The PSA has two sections – ‘public order’ and ‘threat to security of the state’. The former allows detention without trial for three months to one year and the latter for two years.

The PSA is applicable only in Jammu and Kashmir.

Besides Abdullah, his son and former chief minister Omar Abdullah and ex-chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, several other leaders have also been under detention since August 5.

Abdullah had told the media on August 6 that he was pained at the Centre’s decision on Article 370.

(With PTI inputs)