New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti are reported to have been placed under house arrest along with other mainstream leaders of the state.
The National Conference Vice President took to Twitter to break the news himself. His tweet read, “I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us.”
Soon after PDP Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti too took to the social networking site and wrote in support:
ALL UPDATES SO FAR
All universities in the Valley have ordered the cancellation of classwork and exams scheduled on Monday without announcing any future dates for the same.
Mobile internet facility has been snapped across the state and sources said that even call facility on cell phones are likely to be snapped across the Valley soon, adding that this was being done to prevent anti-social elements from spreading rumours.
All police stations, district and sector magistrates deputed on law and order duties have been provided satellite phones to maintain official communications.
All available indications suggest the locals have already stocked enough rations, medicines and other essentials to survive any eventuality even if this means remaining indoors for long.
All top officers of state police, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies are supervising the situation to ensure that there is no major law and order problem if any major decision is announced in New Delhi that would alter the constitutional relationship of the state with the rest of the country.
EARLIER IN THE DAY
An all-party meet was convened at National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah’s residence on Sunday following which he and Mufti gave a joint statement urging Indian and Pakistan governments to not escalate tensions in the Valley.
Addressing the press conference, Farooq Abdullah had said, “I appeal to both the countries, India & Pakistan not to take any step that may accelerate the tension between the two countries.”
He added that it was unanimously decided that all the parties will be united in their resolve to protect and defend identity, autonomy and the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, against all attacks, whatsoever.
With IANS inputs