NEW DELHI: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti who has been in detention since August last year is being released, J&K administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal said on Tuesday.
Ms. Mehbooba Mufti being released @dipr
— Rohit Kansal (@kansalrohit69) 1602604033000
Mufti’s daughter, Iltija Mufti, tweeted the news of her release.
“As Ms Mufti’s illegal detention finally comes to an end, Id like to thank everybody who supported me in these tough times. I owe a debt of gratitude to you all. This is Iltija signing off. May allah protect you,” she tweeted.
Ms Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister J&K to whom this twitter handle belongs has been detained since 5th August… https://t.co/oZKQNPRQ9X
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) 1568972101000
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah welcomed the release of Mufti and termed her detetion “a travesty and against democracy”.
I’m pleased to hear that @MehboobaMufti Sahiba has been released after more than a year in detention. Her continued… https://t.co/hA0OnBsEPq
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) 1602605382000
She was initially detained on August 5 last year when the Centre abrogated special status of the erstwhile state and bifurcated it into two union territories — Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.
Having spent over eight months in detention at two government facilities that were designated as sub-jails, Mufti was shifted to her home on April 7 as a partial relief to her.
Mufti heads the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which was in power in Jammu and Kashmir in alliance with the BJP till June 2018. Initially, she was taken into preventive custody. Later on February 5 this year, she was slapped with the PSA along with Omar Abdullah, who was released in March. Farooq Abdullah had been released early last month.