A 15-member National Conference (NC) delegation on Sunday met party president Farooq Abdullah and former chief minister Omar Abdullah for the first time since they were put in detention two months ago. The NC delegation, led by Jammu provincial president Devender Singh Rana, flew in to Srinagar from New Delhi. "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 the meeting.
Farooq Abdullah has been booked under the 'public order' provision of the PSA under which a person can be kept in jail for six months without a trial. The place where Abdullah senior is housed has been declared a temporary jail, through an order.
The development has come just two days after Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Farooq Khan said that detained leaders will be released one by one in a phased manner.
Farooq Abdullah and wife Molly at their residence in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar. A National Conference (NC) delegation has reached to meet him.— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) October 6, 2019
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Hundreds have been arrested in Kashmir ever since Narendra Modi-government decided to scrap provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Parliament of India has also approved the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.
Over 250 petitions have been filed against the preventive detention orders against prominent political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. Petitions have also been filed in the Supreme Court against the detentions.