Hyderabad: Social media users are claiming that former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been arrested under Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter performed a keyword search of the viral claim. However, we did not find any report published by the mainstream media.

We then found a report on the website of Aaj Tak, which was published on February 07, 2020. According to the report, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were booked under the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA). The Ministry of Home Affairs slapped PSA on two former chief ministers of the erstwhile state.

National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti were detained on August 5, 2019, hours before the Centre revoked the special status of J&K and bifurcated it into two Union Territories—Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

We also found a report on the website of Jansatta. It was also published on 7 February 2020. It was also told that PSA was imposed on Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. According to the report, the government has kept former CMs in custody ever since Article 370 was revoked. Now after about 6 months, the government has imposed Public Safety Act (PSA) on both these leaders.

Apart from Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, it has been decided to impose PSA on National Conference General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar and PDP leader Sartaj Madani.

Taking the search further, we scanned the social media accounts of both the leaders. We came to know that both Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are active on social media.

It is therefore evident old news is being shared as recent.

Claim Review :   Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were arrested under PSA
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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