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Two months into detention, Farooq Abdullah meets NC leaders; flashes ‘victory’ sign

Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah are among the score of politicians in Kashmir who remain under preventive detention since August 5.

Two months into detention, Farooq Abdullah meets NC leaders; flashes 'victory' sign
Dr Farooq Abdullah with a delegation of leaders from the National Conference outside his residence in Srinagar (ANI)

A delegation of leaders from the National Conference Sunday met their party president Dr Farooq Abdullah and his wife at their residence in Srinagar. The delegation also met NC vice-president Omar Abdullah at Hari Nivas. Both are among the score of politicians in Kashmir who remain under preventive detention since August 5.

The delegation led by provincial president Devender Singh Rana and comprising former party legislators arrived in Srinagar on Sunday morning. “We are happy that they are both well and in high spirits, of course they are pained by the developments in the state. If the political process has to start then mainstream leaders have to be released,” Rana said after meeting the leaders, news agency ANI reported.

Farooq, clad in a grey suit and signature head gear, flashed a victory sign as he stood with the delegation and his wife Molly Abdullah for a photograph.

A day after he was himself allowed to move out of home after nearly two months, Rana had, on Thursday, asked Governor Malik to allow an NC delegation to meet the party’s president and vice president so they could decide the next political steps. While all detained political leaders in Jammu were released, Farooq Khan, advisor to Governor Satya Pal Malik, said the Kashmiri leaders would be released in a phased manner.

Restrictions on Rana and nearly a dozen other Opposition leaders in Jammu were lifted on Wednesday evening. Mainstream politicians in Kashmir continue to be under detention. Farooq Abdullah has been detained under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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The day after the restrictions on him was lifted, Rana chaired a meeting of senior NC leaders, which unanimously adopted a resolution expressing “concern over the situation in the wake of unfortunate political developments during the past two months”.

They condemned the detention of Farooq Abdullah under the PSA “notwithstanding his immense and crucial role in democratic polity of the country and contribution in steering the state to peace, progress and development, braving all odds”, and sought the immediate release of not just the Abdullahs, but of all detained political leaders.

Farooq and Omar Abdullah were placed under detention the night before the centre scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. The government also took similar action against other Kashmir-based politicians, including Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti

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