Mehbooba shifted to her house; residence declared subsidiary jail

Incarcerated former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was shifted to her residence at Gupkar Road here Wednesday afternoon after the government declaring her residence as a subsidiary jail.

As per a government order issued in the morning, Mufti was allowed to be shifted even as she continues to be detained under the Public Safety Act.

In detention since August 5 last year, Mufti was shifted at 4 pm from a government accommodation at MA Road to her Fairview residence at Gupkar.

Mehbooba’s daughter Iltija, who is handling her mother’s Twitter account, wrote, “Ms Mufti is home but still booked under PSA. Media wasn’t given access to her at all despite waiting for hours. Is GoI scared that she’ll articulate her views on illegal abrogation of Article 370? Time doesn’t change facts or erase a betrayal etched in memory.”

The PDP president has been under detention since August last year when Government of India abrogated Article 370. She along with National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah were booked under Public Safety Act in February. Omar was released on March 24.

Peoples Democratic party has demanded immediate release of Mehbooba Mufti. A joint statement by Peoples Democratic Party leaders including Abdul Hameed Kohseen, Arif Laigroo, Rouf Bhat, Abdul Qayoom Bhat, Shafi Kundangar, Bashir Ahmed and Umar Dar on Tuesday said that they want immediate release of party president Mehbooba Mufti. They also demanded that PSA should be revoked on Mufti, Sartaj Madni, Naeem Akhter, Ali Muhammad Sagar, Shah Faseal and Peer Mansoor.

“We will continue political struggle so that people of JK are brought out of these turbulent times. It hardly matters shifting her from one jail to another. If the government is genuine in starting a political process here they must revoke her PSA and allow her to meet the people and politicians,” the statement said.

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