Omar Abdullah released from detention after nearly 8 months

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah was released on Tuesday after nearly eight months of detention.

He was detained along with several politicians in August last year, when centre revoked special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two union territories.

Last week, the Top Court asked the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration whether it is planning to release Abdullah by this week and said it would hear his sister’s plea against  his detention on merit if he is not released soon.

“If you are releasing Omar, then release him soon or we will hear his sister’s plea against his detention on merit,” the bench had said.

On March 13, Omar Abdullah’s father Farooq Abdullah was freed.

Another former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who still remains under detention, in a tweet said, “Glad he will be released. For all their talk of nari Shakti & women emancipation, seems like this regime fears women the most.”