Targeting the Modi Government over the detention of veteran Jammu and Kashmir leader Farooq Abdullah, Rahul Gandhi said that the government is trying to “remove nationalist leaders” to create a political vacuum that could be filled by terrorists.
In a tweet the former Congress President wrote, “It’s obvious that the Government is trying to remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah Ji to create a political vacuum in Jammu and Kashmir that will be filled by terrorists. Kashmir can then permanently be used as a political instrument to polarise the rest of India.”
Most of the opposition parties have denounced the move to use the Public Safety Act (PSA) on the 83-year-old Farooq Abdullah. The law enables the government to detain anyone for up to two years without trial and has so far been applied to terrorists, separatists and stone-throwers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Abdullah will face the section of the law that deals with disturbing public order, which would mean a minimum of three-month detention. His home in Srinagar will be designated a “jail” for his detention.
From 5th of August this year, Farooq Abdullah was put under an unofficial house arrest and the formal charges were brought against him only after the Supreme Court took up the petition which asked for his immediate release.
Apart from Farooq Abdullah, about 400 politicians including his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, both former chief ministers have been arrested after the government declared that special status to the state under Article 370 would end and it would be split into two union territories.
Source : Various