After nearly eight months of detention, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was released on Tuesday, March 24, following an order by the state government.

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National Conference (NC) leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah at Parliament, in New Delhi on June 25, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

The National Conference leader was kept in detention since August 5 when the Narendra Modi-led NDA government abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.

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Finally left Hari Niwas after 232 days of his detention, tweets Omar 

Omar Abdullah takes to Twitter saying that he finally left Hari Niwas after 232 days of his detention. "It's a very different world today to the one that existed on 5th August 2019," Abdullah tweeted.

Omar Abdullah tweet

The Jammu and Kashmir government has revoked the Public Safety Act (PSA) of Omar Abdullah, ending his detention. Two weeks ago, Omar's father Farooq Abdullah was also released from detention.

The National Conference leader, who was booked under the stringent PSA, has spent 232 days in custody since the government announced the abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state. Abdullah had turned 50 on March 10 this year.

Initially, Omar Abdullah was detained under preventive custody and later slapped with the PSA on February 5 this year.