Former J-K chief minister Omar Abdullah (Photo Credit: File)
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) by the administration. A magistrate accompanied by police served the order to PDP chief at the bungalow where she has been detained, the officials said.
National Conference (NC) general secretary and former minister Ali Mohammed Sagar, who wields a support base in downtown city, was served with a PSA notice public order by the authorities.
Similarly, senior PDP leader Sartaj Madani was booked under the PSA. Madani is the maternal uncle of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Both Sagar and Madani were detained in the aftermath of August 5 crackdown by the Centre on politicians following the abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state, besides its bifurcation into two union territories.
Their six-month preventive custody was ending on Thursday.
Earlier, the officials had said that former NC legislator Bashir Ahmed Veeri was also booked under the PSA but later it turned out that he had been released.
Mainstream parties have reacted sharply to the slapping of the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) on Kashmiri politicians and said the move belies the Centre's claim of normalcy in the union territory.
Reacting to the development, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) said the BJP-led government at the Centre is "testing the patience" of the people by such "undemocratic moves".
Jammu and Kashmir unit of the CPI(M) also condemned the slapping of the PSA on the prominent Kashmiri leaders, while the Congress termed the decision as "unfortunate".
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP on Thursday questioned those who are vying for the release of the three former chief ministers -- NC president Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti -- who have been under detention since August 5 last year.
With PTI Inputs