New Delhi, Mar
11: 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, Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan
Reddy stated 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.
said that 7,357 persons, including stone pelters, miscreants, over ground
workers, separatists, etc., were taken into preventive custody since August,
A total of eight
mainstream leaders have been detained under the PSA in Kashmir.
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 6.
On September 16,
2019, MP and three-time former Chief Minister and Omar Abdulla’s father Farooq
Abdullah was booked under the PSA.
and Farooq were among the dozens of Kashmiri politicians who were detained
after the abrogation of Article 370.