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Hundreds detained in Kashmir to quell protests after India’s lockdown

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Hundreds of politicians and their aides were on Thursday detained in India-administered Kashmir as part of the government’s measures to contain protests over the withdrawal of a special status for the region.

According to India Today news, Hotels, guest houses, private and government buildings have been converted into makeshift jails with as many 400 politicians, their aides and separatist leaders being put under arrest.

“Political leaders were put under house arrest based on instructions from administration.

“Former Chief Ministers, Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, were among those arrested and were being kept in separate cottages on the grounds of the governor’s residence,’’ India Today said.

Hasnain Masoodi, a lawmaker from Abdullah’s party said: “We are not able to communicate with our leaders.

“This is against their fundamental rights, we believe every local leader even at block-level has been detained’’.

“The arrests have continued since the eve of the government’s move to scrap provisions that had granted the region autonomy to make its own laws except in matters of foreign affairs, defence and communications.

“The provisions were made for the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir soon after it joined the Indian union at the end of British rule in the region and has guided the relationship for over 70 years.

“Through parliament resolutions, the state has also been turned into two federally administered territories while it had earlier elected representatives in a state legislature.’’ (dpa/NAN)

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