Amidst the increasing demands to release Jammu & Kashmir former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti from the detention, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president was shifted from a Srinagar sub-jail to her official residence. However, detention will be continued with her residence in Srinagar declared a sub-jail.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (b) of section 2 of the Prisoners Act, 1990, the government hereby declares Fairview, Gupkar Road, Srinagar as Subsidiary Jail,” read the official note issued by Principal Secretary to Government.
Mehbooba Mufti, who was charged under the Public Safety Act, has been under detention since August 5 last year, when the Constitution’s Article 370 was scrapped and Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union territories. She happens to be one of the prominent 50 plus leaders who were under preventive detention.
While two other former chief ministers and National Conference leaders, Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, were released earlier, Mufti continues to remain under detention. On this note, Omar Abdullah demanded that Mufti should be released. “Mufti must be set free. Shifting her home while continuing to keep her detained is a cop-out,” he stated. Social media flooded with posts demanding her release.