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Farooq Abdullah's Sister, Daughter Among Activists Detained During Protest in Srinagar Over Art 370 Move

Wearing black arm bands and holding placards, the women protestors were not allowed by the police personnel to assemble and were asked to disperse peacefully.

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Updated:October 15, 2019, 5:13 PM IST
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Farooq Abdullah's Sister, Daughter Among Activists Detained During Protest in Srinagar Over Art 370 Move
Khalida Shah, sister of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference party leader Farooq Abdullah, holds a placard inside a police vehicle after she was detained by police in Srinagar. (PTI Photo)

Srinagar: The police on Tuesday detained half a dozen women activists, including the sister and daughter of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, during a march to protest against abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, officials said.

Abdullah's sister Suraiya and his daughter Safiya, who were leading a group of women activists, were detained by the police.

Wearing black arm bands and holding placards, the women protestors were not allowed by the police personnel to assemble and were asked to disperse peacefully. However, the protesters refused to disperse and tried to stage a sit-in.

The women CRPF personnel rounded the protestors into police vehicles. The police also tried to stop the protesting women from distributing a statement to the media covering the protest.

"We the women of Kashmir disapprove the unilateral decision taken by the government of India to revoke Article 370, 35A and downgrade and split the state of Jammu and Kashmir," the statement said.

Demanding restoration of civil liberties and fundamental rights of the citizens, the women said they feel "betrayed, humiliated and violated as people".

They also demanded immediate release of detainees and demilitarization of rural and urban areas. "We express our outrage against the national media for their false/misleading coverage of ground realities in Kashmir," the statement added.

Several political leaders of the state, including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah, as well as Mehbooba Mufti, have been placed under detention since August as the government announced its move to end special status granted to the state under the Article 370 of the constitution and split it into two union territories.

Farooq Abdullah, 83, has been charged under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), which enables detention without trial for three to six months.

Criticising the detention, former CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said, "Curfew can be placed on a city but certainty not on feelings & thoughts."

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