Ex-J&K CM Omar Abdullah likely to be shifted to house near official residence 163 days after being taken into preventive custody

  • Omar, presently kept in detention at Hari Nivas, is likely to be shifted on Thursday

  • The Jammu and Kashmir administration plans to use the Hari Nivas to accommodate a ministerial delegation from the Centre visiting the Valley soon

  • A team of Union ministers including Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad and G Kishan Reddy are scheduled to travel soon to the Valley to speak to the people about the developmental activities

Srinagar: Former chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah will be shifted to a house near his official residence, 163 days after he was taken into preventive custody following abrogation of Article 370 provisions, officials said on Wednesday.

 Ex-J&K CM Omar Abdullah likely to be shifted to house near official residence 163 days after being taken into preventive custody

File image of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah. PTI

Omar, presently kept in detention at Hari Nivas, is likely to be shifted on Thursday as the Jammu and Kashmir administration plans to use the Hari Nivas to accommodate a ministerial delegation from the Centre visiting the Valley soon, they said.

A team of Union ministers including Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad and G Kishan Reddy are scheduled to travel soon to the Valley to speak to the people about the developmental activities that have taken place after the abrogation of the state's special status and its division into two union territories.

The house where Omar will be shifted is very near to his official residence and is being readied as he is a Special Services Group (SSG) protectee, the officials said.

Along with his father Farooq Abdullah and another former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Omar was among hundreds of political, social activists, lawyers and businessmen detained after the Centre abrogated Article 370 on 5 August and divided Jammu and Kashmir state into two union territories — Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

Omar, Mehbooba and other politicians were detained under section 107 of Code of Criminal Procedure which allows authorities and an executive magistrate to put any person under preventive custody for a period of six months if he receives information that the person is likely to commit a breach of the peace or disturb the public tranquillity.

Farooq Abdullah is the only mainstream politician against whom the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) was slapped on 17 September for a period of three months, which was renewed on 16 December last year.

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Updated Date: Jan 15, 2020 23:51:50 IST