While the road leading to Abdullah’s residence was blocked by police with concertina wire and armoured vehicles, leaders of mainstream parties invited by Abdullah were not allowed to move out of their houses.
However, in the 17 cases, where the court did quash the detention orders, it made significant observations, putting under the scanner, the procedure followed by the government while invoking the draconian PSA.
Panchayats are central to the government’s efforts to project normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, an example of democracy at work. One year after the erstwhile state was stripped of its special status, The Indian Express travels to two panchayats to find out what is holding them back — from lack of funds to powers
After 21-year old Burhan Wani was killed by security forces, thousands thronged the streets in protest, pelted stones, snatched weapons of police, overturned and burnt their vehicles, and damaged property of security forces.
This comes four days after the J&K administration withdrew a 1971 circular that required a no objection certificate (NOC) from its home department for acquisition or requisition of land “in favour of the Army, BSF, CRPF and other similar organisations”.
In his first interview to The Indian Express since the abrogation of the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and his release from detention, Omar Abdullah speaks about a range of issues, from the Gupkar Declaration to “disappointment” by the reaction of India’s political leaders post August 5, 2019, to the future as he sees it.
Given up by his underage parents as soon as he was born, growing up scarred by violence and mental health issues, married off at the age of 13, arrested two years ago for the alleged murder of his wife, herself a child, this teenage inmate at a Srinagar observation centre was sent to live with his father.
In the last about five years, only nine projects have been fully “completed”, and eight more “substantially completed” in J&K. The outlay for this set of 17 projects stood at Rs 10,465 crore, which is less than a fifth of the total package for the Union Territory.
The J&K Police, which released the boy’s photos saying they had rescued him at the site of the encounter, said his grandfather, 65-year-old Bashir Ahmad Khan, was killed when militants opened fire on security forces on the outskirts of Sopore.
Ali Mohammad Sagar was first detained under provisions of preventive detention in August 2019 in the run up to the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. He was charged under the Public Safety Act in February this year.
Faesal and two PDP leaders—Peer Mansoor and Sartaj Madni—were released from detention on June 3. However, according to official sources, Faesal has been placed under house arrest alongside almost a dozen other political leaders.
On August 14 last year, Faesal was prevented from boarding a flight from New Delhi to Istanbul. He was then flown back to Srinagar and placed under detention at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre along with other political leaders.