Srinagar | Jagran News Desk: National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah's detention under the stringent Public Safety Act or PSA has been extended by three months, Jammu and Kashmir administration officials -- quoted by news agency PTI -- said while adding that he would continue to remain at his residence that has been declared a sub-jail.

Abdullah, who is a five-time Parliamentarian, has been under detention since August 5 when the central government revoked Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories. After the government's decision to abrogate Article 270, Abdullah told that he was "deeply pained" by the move. 

Abdullah, who is the chiarman of the National Conference, has been booked under the 'public order' provision of the PSA. The PSA has two sections -- 'public order' and 'threat to security of the state'. The 'public order' provision of the PSA allows the government to keep a person inside jail from three to six months withour a trial while the latter allows it to keep a person inside jail for two years.

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The PSA, which is equivalent law is the National Security Act (NSA), is only applicable in Jammu and Kashmir. 

Abdullah was first slapped with the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) on September 17, hours before the Supreme Court was to hear a petition by MDMK leader Vaiko who claimed that the NC leader was detained illegally.

Apart from Adbullah, his son and former chief minister Omar and ex-CM Mehbooba Mufti of erstwhile state Jammu and Kashmir and several other leaders are detained by the administration since August 5.

Farooq's son Omar is in detention at Hari Niwas while Mehbooba Mufti is detained at MA Road in Srinagar. She was earlier detained in a government house in Chashme Shahi. 

Apart from Mufti, the government recently moved as many as 35 Jammu and Kashmir politicians to MLAs hostel who were earlier detained in the Centaur hotel on the banks of the Dal lake.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma