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SRINAGAR: Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah‘s combination of “radical methodology” and “capacity to influence people”, reflected in his ability to draw voters to polling booths in defiance of terrorist diktats, has been cited in the police dossier as the reason for his detention being extended by three months under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
The dossier on Mehbooba Mufti, the third former CM to be detained under that law after Farooq Abdullah and Omar, labels her a “daddy’s girl” who “glorified terrorists after death” and declared in a public rally that “tampering with Article 35A would be akin to lighting a powder keg”.
Omar and Mehbooba, who have been in detention since August 5 last year, were booked under the PSA last Thursday. 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 that.
While Omar is being kept at Hari Niwas Palace, Mehbooba is in a Srinagar guesthouse.
The PSA dossier on 49-year-old Omar, also a former Union minister, accuses him of “instigating the general masses” against the Centre. “An overview of the activities of the subject suggests that the ideology of the subject is favouring radical thoughts, which he has also turned into action,” it states.
In labelling Omar a threat because of his ability to “influence people for any cause”, the dossier falls back on an example of the National Conference vice-president helping the government rather than opposing it. “The capacity of the subject…can be gauged from the fact that he was able to convince his electorate to come out and vote in huge numbers even during the peak of militancy and poll boycott,” it says.
The dossier also mentions Omar’s social media presence, but does not cite any specific post or tweet. Before going offline on August 5, among the last tweets from Omar’s handle was: “To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us… stay safe and above all please stay calm.”
In 60-year-old Mehbooba’s case, the statements held against her include her public assertion that she would challenge J&K’s accession to the Indian Union in the event of Article 370 being nullified. The dossier mentions how the former CM, whose party PDP was a BJP ally till June 2018, accused the Army of “using chemical weapons” against militants.
It also cites her opposition to the ban on instant triple talaq and her remarks about lynchings across the country.
Mehbooba’s daughter Iltija Mufti, who has been tweeting from her mother’s handle, on Sunday called the PSA “draconian” and questioned the charges in the police dossier. “Believe it or not, but PSA dossier drafted on instructions of MHA on Ms Mufti, a former J&K CM, states the following — “The subject is referred for her dangerous & insidious machinations & usurping profile & nature as ‘Daddy’s girl’,” she tweeted.



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