Home Minister Amit Shah chastised those questioning the detention of mainstream Kashmiri politicians ever since the abrogation of Article 370.
During his address, the Union Minister Amit Shah slammed the Congress and the Opposition parties who took the government to task over the arrest of three former chief ministers - Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah of NC, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, JKPC's Sajad Lone and others, since August 5 in the Kashmir valley.
Amit Shah said, "People who are questioning from us must tell first why did they arrested Sheikh Abdullah and jailed him for 11 years."
On Farooq Abdullah's detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) the Congress party questioned Amit Shah saying if the Home Minister was lying on the floor of the Parliament over the statement made by him on August 6, the day when the bill to abrogate Article 370 was tabled in the Lok Sabha.
Congress said, "When asked in the Parliament, HM made a statement that former CM of J&K was not detained or arrested. Now we are told he is arrested under PSA? Did HM lie on the floor of the house? Isn't it a severe breach of Privilege?" On September 17, Rahul Gandhi said that the Centre's intent to create a political vacuum in Jammu and Kashmir is clear through its move to remove 'nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah'.
NC patron Farooq Abdullah was booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) on the night of September 15. As per the PSA provisions, the government could detain a person for up to two years, although, for 'first-time offenders' the length of the detention is limited to six months. However, in the case of "no improvement in the conduct of the detainee," the detention can be extended to its full course of two years. The PSA act was initially promulgated during Sheikh Abdullah, the father of Farooq Abdullah's tenure.
Sheikh Abdullah, the former Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir was arrested on the accusation of conspiring against the state for allegedly supporting the cause of independent Kashmir, called the 'Kashmir Conspiracy Case' and was put under arrest for over a decade.