Mehbooba Mufti slapped with PSA for working with separatists, says govt dossier

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti who was slapped with the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) was working with separatists, says the six-page dossier of the Home Ministry, citing grounds for her detention.

According to sources, the dossier details how Mehbooba Mufti took a public stand against the government’s moves against Article 370 and 35A ahead of August 5 when the state was bifurcated.

In the run up to the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, Mehbooba Mufti had said, “We want to tell the central government that tinkering with Article 35-A will be akin to setting a powder keg on fire. If any hand tries to touch Article 35-A, not only that hand, but that whole body will burn to ashes.”

The dossier also mentions Mehbooba Mufti’s tweets in the run up to abrogation of Article 370 citing “lynchings” and “highway blockade” among others. The erstwhile alliance partner of BJP, Mehbooba Mufti, who is the PDP chief, is amongst 50 mainstream politicians of Kashmir who have been detained since the Centre scrapped Article 370 on August 5.

PSA is a law enforced in Jammu and Kashmir by virtue of which a person can be detained for up to two years without trial.

Six top politicians, including three former CMs have been slapped with PSA (Public Safety Act) after their arrest following the abrogation of Article 370. While Farooq Abdullah was detained under PSA in August 2019, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained under PSA after they completed six months of detention under Section 107 of CrPC.

PDP leader Naeem Akhtar, National Conference general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar and senior PDP leader Sartaj Madani, uncle of Mehbooba Mufti have also been slapped with PSA.

The grounds for Sagar’s detention say that he was very vocal against abrogation of Article 35A and 370.

“He was involved in the instigation of Kashmiri youth, especially party workers against the Government of India’s decisions,” said the dossier, while also adding, “His capacity to disturb the public order can be gauged from the fact that he succeeded in mobilising voters in the peak of militancy and poll boycotts.”

The PSA dossier of Sartaj Madani reads that he played a “key role” during Asiya and Nelofar’s alleged rape and murder case of 2009.

“He played an important role in mobilising anti-social elements. He was also involved in provoking people to join street protests and actively supported separatists and propagated secession of J&K from Union of India, especially after Afzal Guru’s hanging,” said the dossier.