In a major development, the sources in the Home Ministry said that Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah are safe and healthy and that they have been detained to prevent any provocation. Sources also said that there is no timeline set as to when will they be released. The MHA sources informed that as long as the govt will not be sure that situation is normal in the valley, leaders will not be released. Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were put into detention following the move abrogate Article 370.
The Narendra Modi government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Both the upper house and the lower house of the Parliament approved the resolution abrogating Article 370 for J&K and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state. Ministry of External Affairs also briefed the envoys of the P5 nations -- the US, the UK, China, France and Russia -- about Indian government's decision to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories.
Home Ministry gave a detailed report of celebration of Eid in the valley thereby suggesting that situation is absolutely normal in J&K. It said that prayers were offered peacefully in the various districts. Giving the stats, it also said that approximately 10,000 people were present to offer prayers at Jamia Masjid in Baramulla. The Home Ministry also shared pictures of CRPF jawans and Jammu and Kashmir Police sharing sweets and smiles with the locals on the occasion of Eid.
Republic TV on Thursday spoke exclusively and at length to Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, who gave an on-ground account of the current security situation in the Kashmir valley in the aftermath of its full integration as Indian Parliament passed Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill that scraped Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two union territories - J&K and Ladakh.
Informing about the security situation he said, " In the last 4 days there has not been a single human casualty - be it civilian or security personnel. That is an achievement in itself. Despite lots happening, the control is positive and there is absolute calm in the valley. He then clarified that army is reaching at far flung areas to help each and every citizens: "There is no need to panic. Everyone is being looked after. Having said that - there are certain restrictions for safety and security of people. Security situation is 100 % under control and normal as of now," the Chinar Corps Commander said.