New Delhi, Jan 3:
Home Minister Amit Shah has said neither he nor anyone from the government has
ever called the three detained former chief ministers of the erstwhile state of
Jammu and Kashmir “anti-national”, and added that a decision on their
release will be taken by the administration of the union territory.
Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti had to be detained for “some time”
after they made provocative statements, the home minister said on Thursday
night while addressing an event organised by media outlet ABP News.
the statements made by them, like the entire country will be on fire if Article
370 was touched…In the backdrop of these statements, a professional decision
was taken to keep them under detention for some time,” Shah said at the
amounted to giving Pakistan an invitation to discuss Article 370, he said.
including the Congress, is asking questions about the detentions. Surprisingly,
Congress has forgotten that it had jailed Farooq Abdullah’s Sheikh Abdullah for
12 years in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu,” the home minister said, adding that
the opposition party had also incarcerated 60,000 politicians across the
country for 19 months.
people (the Congress) are asking us questions within six months…,” he
said, in a reference to the Emergency from 1975-1977.
leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including the three former chief ministers, were
detained on August 5, the day the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370
provisions and bifurcation of the state into the union territories of Jammu and
Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Abdullah has been booked under the stringent Public Safety Act and confined to
his Gupkar Road residence in Srinagar, which has been declared a sub-jail, his
son Omar Abdullah has been detained at Hari Niwas. PDP Chief Mufti was lodged
at Chesmashahi hut initially but later shifted to a government accommodation.
To a question
pointing out that Abdullahs’ National Conference and Mufti’s PDP were alliance
partners of the BJP at some point of time and the leaders were now being
labelled “anti-national”, the home minister made it clear that
neither he nor anyone from the government had called them so.
“As far as
the decision to release them is concerned, this decision will be taken by the
local administration and not me,” he said, adding that the administration
will release them whenever it deems it suitable.
Shah said the
situation in the Kashmir Valley was under control and day-to-day life was going
single inch in Kashmir is under curfew today,” he added.