Public Safety Act Order Accuses Farooq Abdullah Of Spreading "Secessionist Ideology"

The PSA order against Farooq Abdullah cites seven instances from 2016 onwards when he spoke in favour of the separatist Hurriyat Conference and terror groups.

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Public Safety Act Order Accuses Farooq Abdullah Of Spreading 'Secessionist Ideology'

Farooq Abdullah has been charged under the ''public order'' provision of the PSA (File Photo)


Srinagar: 

Statements mobilising people against the state and the "tremendous potential" to create public disorder in the Valley are among the charges listed against former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who has been charged under the Public Safety Act.

The 81-year-old Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar, under detention since August 5 when the Centre revoked the state's special status, has also been accused of making speeches glorifying terrorists and separatists.

The PSA order against Farooq Abdullah, accessed by PTI, cites seven instances from 2016 onwards when he spoke in favour of the separatist Hurriyat Conference and terror groups.

Farooq Abdullah, the first chief minister to be charged under the stringent PSA, was arrested on Monday under the PSA and his Gupkar Road residence declared a jail.

The National Conference chairman and three-term chief minister has been charged under the ''public order'' provision of the PSA under which a person can be kept in jail from three to six months without a trial, officials said.

On scrapping of the provisions of Article 370 and 35-A of the Constitution, which provided special status for people of the state on jobs and residency, the PSA order accuses Farooq Abdullah of issuing statements aimed at mobilising people against the state.

The PSA order says he could have debated the issue, instead of threatening the integrity of the country and glorifying terror.

The order also accuses him of propagating "secessionist ideology" besides posing a threat to life and liberty of the people.

Farooq Abdullah, the order states, "has tremendous potential for creating an environment of public disorder within the district (Srinagar) and other parts of the Valley".

It accuses him of being a person seen as fanning the emotions of general masses against the country.

The order, which states that Farooq Abdullah's residence "G-40 Gupkar Road" has been declared a subsidiary jail, has also been accused by the state administration of issuing statements in conflict with law that were aimed disturbing public order.

The PSA has two sections -- ''public order'' and ''threat to security of the state''. The former allows detention without trial for three to six months and the latter for two years.

The PSA is applicable only in Jammu and Kashmir. Elsewhere in the country, the equivalent law is the National Security Act (NSA).

Separatists and Farooq Abdullah's political opponents in the Valley have termed him a vehement supporter of state's accession with India.

He was also criticised last year for raising the slogan, ''Bharat Mata ki Jai'', during a condolence meeting for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.



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