Both formers CMs have been under preventive detention since August 5
Srinagar: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah’s “considerable influence” over people, including the ability to attract voters to polling booths despite poll boycott calls and the potential for channelling energies of the public for any cause, has been cited in support of his detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).
His political opponent and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti has been accused of making anti-national statements and extending support to organisations such as the Jamaat-e-Islamia of the state, which has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The PSA dossier prepared by the police against the 49-year-old Omar states his ability to convince electorates to vote in huge numbers even during the peak of militancy and poll boycott calls by separatists and militants.
The grounds of detention against Omar, state that on the eve of the reorganisation of the state he had made attempts to provoke general masses against the revocation of Articles 370 and 35-A.
Omar and Mehbooba Mufti had been under preventive detention since August 5 last year, when the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution granting a special status and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories — Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba has been slapped with the PSA for her remarks which included challenging accession of J&K to India in case the Article 370 was abrogated.
‘PSA slapped because…’: Mehbooba’s daughter
Srinagar: Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti came out with a “point by point rebuttal” of the reasons the PDP chief was slapped with PSA claiming that her mother refused to sign “an illegal bond that no statements against scrapping of Article 370 will be made”.”However, BJP can exploit Article 370 esp in election campaigns inc Delhi but those most affected by it cannot utter a word. Why is BJP scared of a debate?” Iltija who handles her mothers’s twitter handle tweeted.
She further said the authorities have claimed the PSA was invoked against Mehbooba for “provocative statements that led to incitement of violence” without citing any such specific statements. “GOI should substantiate this with evidence. Examples like BJP ministers who actually incited violence in Delhi with ‘Desh ke gadaron ko’ slogan followed by shootings,” Iltija said.
She daughter also questioned why PM “heaped praises” on Mehbooba in 2016 “when today they accuse of her being hand in glove with separatists?”