- Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti reject administration’s offer to end their detention
- The two former chief ministers of J&K reject conditions for end of detention
- Mehbooba and Omar have been under detention in Kashmir since August 5
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have reportedly rejected an offer by the administration to end their detention.
The two leaders have been in detention since August 5 when the Centre abrogated the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370of the Constitution.
As per sources, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik told Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah about the possibility of shifting them to their respective residences. The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, sources said, told the two leaders that they will be released only if they don’t mobilise their supporters in the Valley against abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state.
Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti categorically rejected the offer following which their detention was extended in government guest houses near the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.
However, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik reached out to India Today TV to refute the claim by the politicians. He said that he never made such an offer to Mehbooba Mufti or Omar Abdullah as it was not up to him to detain or release them.
“No such offer was made to anybody by me. It’s not for the Governor to detain anybody or release them. There is a system in place for it,” Satya Pal Malik said in a statement.
DETAINED SINCE AUGUST 5
Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were detained on August 5 after the Centre moved to abrogate provisions of Article 370 in the Rajya Sabha.
The two leaders were initially kept together at Hari Niwas Palace in Srinagar. They were, however, later separated following an argument and placed under detention at two separate guest houses. Former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, meanwhile, has been kept under detention at his home.
Sources also told India Today that Omar Abdullah is regularly enquiring about the situation in the Valley from police personnel. A satellite TV with all available news channels has also been provided to the two J&K leaders at their detention centres.
Earlier, a senior government official had made it clear that any decision on the release of the people under detention in Jammu and Kashmir will be taken by the local administration depending on the ground situation.