SRINAGAR: Ex-Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was released on Tuesday after nearly eight months of detention.
Omar’s release order was issued after charges under the Public Safety Act (PSA), slapped on him in February, were revoked.
In a tweet, government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said: “Govt issues orders revoking detention of Shri Omar Abdullah.”
Govt issues orders revoking detention of Shri Omar Abdullah@diprjk— Rohit Kansal (@kansalrohit69) March 24, 2020
Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “Glad he will be released. For all their talk of nari Shakti & women emancipation, seems like this regime fears women the most.”
Glad he will be released. For all their talk of nari Shakti & women emancipation, seems like this regime fears women the most https://t.co/J0GrXCCC5i— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 24, 2020
During his detention, Abdullah has been seen with a beard as he had resolved not to shave until he was released as a mark of protest.
In August, Omar Abdullah was detained along with hundreds of politicians, when the centre decided to end special status to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two union territories.
The National Conference leader was initially detained under preventive custody and later slapped with the PSA on February 5.