A senior pro- India Kashmiri politician was arrested under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial.
Farooq Abdullah, 82, a former chief minister of Indian-administered part of the disputed region who ruled Jammi and Kashmir for three terms and was a minister in different federal governments, was on Monday arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in Srinagar, the capital of the disputed Himalayan region.
Abdullah has been under house arrest since August 5 when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government stripped Kashmir of its special status and imposed a security lockdown.
“We have arrested him, and a committee will decide how long the arrest will be,” said Muneer Khan, a top police official in Kashmir.
Rights activists say more than 20,000 Kashmiris have been arrested under the PSA since it came into effect in 1978.