After two months, govt allows NC leaders to meet Farooq, Omar Abdullah

Farooq Abdullah (R) with his son Omar Abdullah (file image).

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday granted permission to a delegation of National Conference (NC) from Jammu province to meet party president Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah, who are currently under detention.

“A delegation led by provincial president Devender Singh Rana will leave Jammu on Sunday morning to meet Omar and Farooq Abdullah,” National Conference spokesperson Madan Mantoo said on Saturday.

The father-son duo has been under preventive detention since a day before the Centre revoked Article 370 of J&K on August 5. Eighty-one-year-old Farooq Abdullah is under house arrest at his Srinagar residence while his son Omar is detained at a state guest house in Srinagar.

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Mantoo said that the delegation was permitted to meet both the leaders after NC leader Devender Rana made a request to Kashmir’s administration to meet the Abdullahs.

On Thursday, the administration said Kashmiri leaders in detention will be released but after an analysis of each individual.

The Abdullahs and another J&K former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti are among more than 500 political leaders and activists under detention since August.

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