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Why No Freedom For Former Jammu And Kashmir CMs?: P Chidambaram Questions Continued Detention Of Leaders

"Why are political leaders who fought secessionists and militants locked up?"

Congress leader P Chidambaram, on the morning of India’s Independence Day, questioned the continued detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.

On Twitter, the senior Congress leader wrote, “Why is freedom being denied to three former CMs of Jammu and Kashmir since August 6? Why are two former CMs under virtual solitary confinement and one former CM under house arrest? Why are political leaders who fought secessionists and militants locked up?”

For over ten days now, Jammu and Kashmir has been cut off from the rest of the world. Amidst a communications blackout and curfew, several political leaders have been arrested or taken into preventive custody, some even before the Centre’s bid to amend Article 370.

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On August 14, IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal was stopped from leaving the country. He was detained from Delhi airport and was sent back to Srinagar, where he was taken into preventive custody. According to reports, Faesal was scheduled to fly to Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight on Wednesday. He was detained at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport at 5:30 am, based on a lookout notice issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Former chief ministers of the now-Union Territory, Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, aside from many former state cabinet ministers, ex-lawmakers, party heads and political leaders have been rounded up by the Jammu and Kashmir police. As per an India Today report, the Valley has turned into a massive prison for as many as 400 politicians, aides and separatist leaders.

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