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Article 370 Scrapped: Rahul Gandhi Seeks J&K Leaders' Release From 'secret Locations', Farooq Abdullah Speaks To Republic

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi called the move to arrest of NC leader, PDP chief and JKPC's Sajad Lone as 'unconstitutional and undemocratic'
  •  Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were under house arrest since Sunday night, have been arrested, officials said on Monday.

A day after Centre abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Rahul Gandhi protested the arrest of mainstream politicians former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti at 'secret locations,' however, NC chief Farooq Abdullah spoke to Republic TV on Tuesday afternoon. 

In a tweet, he called the move to arrest of NC leader, PDP chief and JKPC's Sajad Lone as 'unconstitutional and undemocratic.' Demanding their release, the former Congress president opined how this 'short-sighted and foolish' move will allow terrorists to fill the 'leadership vacuum' created by the Centre. 

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Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were under house arrest since Sunday night, were arrested on Monday as per official sources. The arrests come hours after the Centre announced the amendment of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and also proposed bifurcation of the state.

On Monday, Mufti tweeted, "The abrogation of Article 370 hasn’t just made accession null & void but also reduces India to an occupation force in Jammu and Kashmir."

"Today the people of Jammu & Kashmir who reposed their faith in institutions of India like parliament & Supreme Court feel defeated & betrayed. By dismembering the state & fraudulently taking away what is rightfully & legally ours, they have further complicated the Kashmir dispute," she added. 

Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that NC chief Farooq Abdullah is neither detained nor arrested. 

He said, "Farooq Abdullah has neither been detained nor arrested. He's at his home, out of his own free will"

The communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir entered its second day on Tuesday. 

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Earlier in the day, the Gandhi scion said that the 'abuse of executive power has grave implications for national security'

(With PTI inputs)  

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