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J&K government revokes Farooq Abdullah’s detention

The detention of former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, was revoked with immediate effect by the J&K government on Friday.

Abdullah, 83,  was detained along with two former Chief Ministers, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti under the stringent J&K Public Safety Act on August 5, when the Centre abrogated the special status to Jammu & Kashmir under Article 370.

The Rajya Sabha member and a three-time Chief Minister was charged with “disturbing public order” under the law. His detention was extended after three months and today was the last day of the extended custody.

A few days earlier, eight opposition parties sent a joint resolution to the BJP-led government, demanding the immediate release of all political detainees in Kashmir.

The Public Safety Act allows for the detention of people for a period of up to two years without trial.

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