7,357 arrested after August 05 move in Kashmir: MHA

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SRINAGAR — The Centre on Wednesday said in Parliament that 396 persons have been detained in Kashmir under the Public Safety Act (PSA) out of the total 451 detained in Jammu and Kashmir. This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy in the Rajya Sabha in response to a question by Shiromani Akali Dal MP Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

Among those who have the PSA slapped on them include three former Chief Ministers, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah. A total of eight mainstream leaders have been detained under the PSA in Kashmir.

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The government said that 7,357 persons, including stone pelters, miscreants, overground workers, separatists, etc., were taken into preventive custody since August 2019.

The stringent law has come under sharp focus after two former chief ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were booked under the PSA on January 06.

On September 16, 2019, MP and three-time former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s father Farooq Abdullah was booked under the PSA.

Omar, Mehbooba and Farooq were among the dozens of Kashmiri politicians who were detained after the abrogation of the special status.

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