Former Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti Released after 14 Months of Detention

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Mehbooba Mufti. — File photo

Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader, among first to welcome her release; It’s a big relief, says Mufti’s daughter Iltija

Clarion India

NEW DELHI—Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti was released from prison Tuesday evening.

Government intention to release Mufti was announced earlier in the day by the spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir administration, Rohit Kansal through a tweet.

Mufti has been under detention when authorities detained thousands of people, enforced an unprecedented months military lockdown on the night of August 5— the day Indian government revoked Kashmir’s special constitutional protection unilaterally.
Initially she was kept at a guest house near Mughal gardens on Dal lake and later shifted to another guest house in the heart of Srinagar city . Then she was moved to her home which was converted into a sub-jail.

Her daughter Iltija Mufti had approached the Supreme Court seeking her release. The court was awaiting a response from the government in the matter. She said It’s a big relief.

 

Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was among the first to welcome her release.

Leftist leader while welcoming the move urged the authorities to consider the release of other people who continue to languish in jails under draconian laws like PSA, UAPA and sedition.

 

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