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Leading political leader arrested in Kashmir

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Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar, capital of Jammu and Kashmir, in April 2019. Mukhtar Khan / AP

The video of Narendra Modi, in Gujarat, a release of multicolored butterflies with a bag camouflage military, Tuesday, September 17, has toured Twitter. She had something surreal. The prime minister of India celebrated his 69th birthday and at the same time, the air force was successfully conducting an Astra air-to-air missile test off the state of Orissa on the east coast of subcontinent. An overt reply to Ghaznavi's ground-to-ground missile test conducted by Pakistan on 29 August in an increasingly tense context in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian-administered part of Kashmir.

This Himalayan region, which is disputed by the two nuclear powers of South Asia, remains cut off from the world since Delhi withdrew its constitutional autonomy on August 5th. The information from the ground is filtering only dropper and Monday, September 16, the Supreme Court of India solemnly asked the government Modi to ensure «As soon as possible the return to normal».

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Called by residents complaining that they do not have access to the courts to denounce what they are living, because of the ban on travel there, the President of the Supreme Court, Ranjan Gogoi, ruled that situation "Very very serious" and warned the authorities that he would soon go there if necessary. These warnings were followed by no reaction from the executive.

The previous evening, the police had formally arrested one of the most prominent local politicians, Farooq Abdullah, who led the Jammu and Kashmir government three times, was renewable energies under Manmohan Singh (prime minister from 2004 to 2014), and sits as a deputy in Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament of India.

Aged 81, Abdullah is the son of Sheikh Abdullah, the "Lion of Kashmir" who himself had twice led the regional executive and defended, in his day, the idea of ​​an independent Kashmir, which had made him a prisoner.

Since 5 August, Farooq Abdullah has been under house arrest in Srinagar, the capital, as well as his son Omar, former head of the government of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as their main opponent, Mehbooba Mufti, the last person to lead, in coalition with the BJP of Mr. Modi, the regional executive until the dissolution of this one, in June 2018. Since then, the region was under provisional trusteeship of Delhi.

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