PSA dossier cites Omar’s ‘considerable influence’ over people
Feb 9: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah’s “considerable influence” over
people, including the ability to attract voters to polling booths despite poll
boycott calls and the potential for channelling energies of public for any
cause, has been cited in support of his detention under the stringent Public
Safety Act (PSA).
political opponent and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti has
been accused of making anti-national statements and extending support to
organisations such as the Jamaat-e-Islamia of the state, which has been banned
under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
PSA dossier prepared by the police against the 49-year-old Omar, who had served
as minister of state for external affairs as well as commerce and industries,
states his ability to convince electorates to vote in huge numbers even during
the peak of militancy and poll boycott calls by separatists and militants.
grounds of detention against Omar, who was chief minister of the state from
2009-14, state that on the eve of reorganisation of the state he had made
attempts to provoke general masses against the revocation of Articles 370 and
grounds also mention his comments on social networking sites to instigate
common people against the decisions on Articles 370 and 35-A which had the
potential of disturbing public order.
the police have neither mentioned any of Omar’s social media posts in the
dossier nor in the order for grounds of his detention.
the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us…….stay safe
and above all please stay calm,” was the last few tweets of Omar before he was
taken to Hari Nivas for preventive detention.
have been put on communication links since August 5 last year. These were
subsequently eased. Internet is functional at a few places through leased
lines. Mobile internet facility has been made functional but with a speed of 2G
with special instructions that it would not be used to access social media
and the 60-year-old Mehbooba Mufti had been under preventive detention since
August 5 last year, when the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370 of the
Constitution granting a special status and bifurcation of the erstwhile state
into two union territories — Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.
were booked under the PSA on the night of February 6, barely a few hours before
their preventive detention was to end.
to rules, preventive detention can be extended beyond six months only if an
advisory board, constituted two weeks before the completion of the 180-day
period, recommends for that.
has been slapped with the PSA for her remarks which included challenging
accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India in case the Article 370 was abrogated.
statements of the former chief minister, whose party PDP was an ally of the BJP
till June 2018, on security forces killing militants was also made a part of
the PSA dossier against her.
support to the Jamaat-e-Islamia group of Jammu and Kashmir after it was
declared as a banned organisation by the Centre under the Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act (UAPA) also figures in the dossier.
father, Farooq Abdullah, who is a five-time chief minister and currently a
member of Lok Sabha, was booked in September last year under the PSA, a law
which was enacted by his father Sheikh Abdullah in 1978 to fight timber
smugglers in the state as they would easily get away with minimal detention
Abdullah brought the Act as a deterrent against timber smugglers as it provided
a jail term, without a trial, for up to two years.
this Act came in handy for the police and security forces during the early
1990s when militancy erupted in the state.
then Union home minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed enforced the controversial Armed
Forces (Special Powers) Act in the state in 1990, authorities used the PSA to
Act was amended in 2012 and some of its stricter provisions were relaxed. After
the amendment, period up to which a first-time offender or individual can be
put in detention without trial was reduced from two years to three months.