Shah Faesal, a politician from Kashmir was detained today in Delhi Airport while he was going to abroad, says a news report. Faesal was detained and sent back to Srinagar where he is under house arrest.
News reports claim that Shah Faesal was on his way to Istanbul and he was detained under the Public Safety Act.
Public Safety Act? This Act was passed in J&K in 1978 for administrative detention. It was aimed at containing the timber smugglers. Originally, it allowed the government to detain any person above the age of 16 without trial for a period of two years.
After the government of India scrapped the Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Shah Faesal has been opposing the government’s move. Earlier he said that mass movement can be a way to restore what he explained as political rights. “Kashmir will need a long, sustained, non-violent political mass movement for restoration of the political rights. Abolition of Article 370 has finished the mainstream. Constitutionalists are gone. So you can either be a stooge or a separatist now,” Faesal tweeted on Tuesday.
It can be mentioned here that before joining politics, he was a bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir. In 2009, he became the first Kashmiri to place first in the Indian Civil Services Examination. However, Faesal resigned from the Indian bureaucracy in protest on 9 January 2019 mentioning the reason as “unabated killings” in Kashmir among others.
Former Chief Minister Omer Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are also under house arrest from the last 10 days.
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