STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday extended the detention of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti by three months under the Public Safety Act and released Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC) chairman Sajad Gani Lone after nearly a year. Mufti was among hundreds of people who were taken into preventive custody hours ahead of the Centre revoking special status of the Jammu and Kashmir and breaking the state into two union territories on August 5 last year. The current detention order of the former chief minister was expiring on August 5 this year. According to an order issued by the Home Department, Mufti will continue to remain under detention for another three months at her official residence at Fairview Bungalow, which has been declared a subsidiary jail. “The law enforcing agencies have recommended further extension in the period of detention and on examination, the same is considered to be necessary,” the order reads. Most of the other mainstream politicians, including Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, have been released from custody. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC) chairman Sajad Gani Lone was released from nearly a year-long detention, officials said. Lone was released days ahead of the first anniversary of the Centre’s move to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution in August last year, the officials said. Lone also confirmed his release by taking to Twitter. “Finally five days short of a year I have been officially informed that I am a free man. So much has changed. So have I. Jail was not a new experience. Earlier ones were harsh with usual doses of physical torture. But this was psychologically draining. Much to share hopefully soon,” he said in a tweet. The JKPC chairman was moved to his residence here in February this year and placed under house arrest, the officials said. They said he was taken into custody on August 5 last year when the Centre revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided the erstwhile state into two union territories.
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