However, in the 17 cases, where the court did quash the detention orders, it made significant observations, putting under the scanner, the procedure followed by the government while invoking the draconian PSA.
Panchayats are central to the government’s efforts to project normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, an example of democracy at work. One year after the erstwhile state was stripped of its special status, The Indian Express travels to two panchayats to find out what is holding them back — from lack of funds to powers
Mehbooba Mufti, 61, was arrested on August 5 last year, the day the Central government abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and downgraded the state into two Union Territories. While Mufti was lodged under preventive detention for six months, she was booked under PSA in February this year.
In her plea, Saifuddin Soz's wife Mumtazunnisa had said he had been detained since August 5 last year, when the special status of J&K was abrogated, and the grounds for his arrest had not been furnished till date.
In his first interview to The Indian Express since the abrogation of the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and his release from detention, Omar Abdullah speaks about a range of issues, from the Gupkar Declaration to “disappointment” by the reaction of India’s political leaders post August 5, 2019, to the future as he sees it.
“The Administrative Council gave its nod to the proposal of amending the Control of Building Operations Act 1988 and the J&K Development Act, 1970 to provide for special dispensation for carrying out construction activities in strategic areas,” an official release said.
The J&K Police, which released the boy’s photos saying they had rescued him at the site of the encounter, said his grandfather, 65-year-old Bashir Ahmad Khan, was killed when militants opened fire on security forces on the outskirts of Sopore.
Police said Naseema Bano, a 58-year-old resident of Rampora village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, was arrested last week in “compliance of the provisions of law” and that xshe was involved in recruiting at least two militants.