The Kashmir siege: Valley wonders when they would see their leaders again
Galatta | 07:05 PM
Chennai: Months after they were first detained, Kashmir's former chief ministers - Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah - were slapped with the public safety act which allows their complete detention for another three months. Omar Abdullah's elderly father Farooq Abdullah, a former chief minister and a respected leader himself, has also been under house arrest alongside Omar and Mehbooba Mufti ever since Article 370 was read down.
Amnesty India has given out a statement condemning what they termed a "revolving-door detention".
While Omar Abdullah is completely silent to the world, Mehbooba's daughter Iltija Mufti now handles her Twitter account. while Omar's last tweet is an ominous warning, Mehbooba Mufti's account has been vocal about the Kashmnir issue since the beginning of the same. National Conference general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, former NC MLC Bashir Veeri and PDP leader Sartaj Madni (maternal uncle of Mehbooba Mufti) were also slapped with PSA immediately after their release from preventive detention at the MLA Hostel in Srinagar on Thursday afternoon. Farooq Abdullah and nd former IAS officer Shah Faesal will also continue to be in detention.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 6, 2020
The trick of rolling a letter into a chapathi seems to have caught on, from the times when Indira Gandhi, as a teenager, used the same trick to help her father and his friends during the freedom struggle. The officials are yet to respond to this claim, though many media houses have since picked up on it.
The Indian government is believed to have detained thousands of people including activists, local politicians, and businessmen in the days since it revoked the region's special status. Many have been shifted to jails in cities outside the region. Kashmir is also facing what is the world's longest internet shutdown.