It was an emotional meeting when National Conference president Farooq Abdullah met his son Omar Abdullah in the sub-jail in Srinagar where he has been under detention for over the last seven months.
Released on Friday after his detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) was revoked, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah drove from his residence to nearby Hari Nivas where his son, also a former chief minister, has been held first under preventive custody since February 5 under the PSA. The two warmly embraced.
The 82-year-old leader had requested the Jammu and Kashmir authority for permission to see his son for the first time in seven months and the same was granted, officials said, adding that the two were together for about an hour.
Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and other leaders, including another chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, were detained on August 5 last year, the day the Centre withdrew special status of the erstwhile state.
The National Conference (NC) president was booked under the PSA on September 15 while his son was booked hours before his six month tenure of preventive detention was to come to an end on February 5 this year.
Earlier, Several political leaders welcomed the release of former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah from detention . Congress leader Shashi Tharoor while welcoming his release termed his detention a disgrace in his tweet .
Welcome the belated release of Dr Farooq Abdullah. I hope he will soon resume his rightful place on the front bench of the Lok Sabha, where he can address with his usual compelling vigour the issues facing his state & the state of the nation. His detention was a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/TnCR2BZ04x— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 13, 2020
Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram alkso tweeted after Farooq Abdullah’s release
Dr Farooq Abdullah, welcome to freedom.
What was the justification to keep him in detention without charges for 7 months?— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) March 13, 2020
In another tweet, Chidambram wrote ,
If there was justification (there was none), what is the reason for releasing him today?
Despotism and arbitrariness constitute the Rule of Law in J&K. And this virus is spreading to many states in India.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) March 13, 2020
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to expressed happiness over the release of Farooq Abdullah in a tweet. And hoped other two chief Ministers – Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti too are freed soon .
I pray for the good health and long life of J&K’s former CM & veteran leader Farooq Abdullah Ji. Let the other two former CMs @OmarAbdullah & @MehboobaMufti be freed as well from the unjust PSA and be allowed to join the democratic process immediately.— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 13, 2020