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Mehbooba Mufti shifted to her Gupkar residence, kept under house detention

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Govt declares Mufti residence Fairview- A two-storeyed heritage house, overlooking the Dal Lake and situated on the foothills of the Zabarwan mountains on the guarded Gupkar Road, as ‘subsidiary jail

By Zubair Malik

Srinagar, 07 Apr 2020

After over seven months of incarceration,  the former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief, Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday shifted to her Gupkar residence where she has been kept under house detention. Her Gupkar residence has been declared as a subsidiary jail.
Officials said that Mehbooba has been shifted to her residential place in Gupkar and has been kept under house detention.
She was detained on August 5, last year,  when the government in centre abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile State into two Union Territories.
Meanwhile, the government has declared Fairview Gupkar as a subsidiary jail.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (b)  of section 2 of the Prisoners Act, 1990, the government hereby declares Fairview, Gupkar Road, Srinagar as “Subsidiary Jail”,” an order issued by Principal Secretary to Government, Shaleen Kabra, reads.

The locals seem to be indifferent to Mufti’s detention. However from the political circle there have been multiple appeals for her release.
Former chief minister and National Conference vice president, Omar Abdullah in his tweet said that Mehbooba must be released fully.
“@MehboobaMufti must be set free. Shifting her home while continuing to keep her detained is a cop out,” Omar tweeted.

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