Under-detention Abdullahs allowed to meet NC team

SRINAGAR: A team of National Conference (NC) leaders has been allowed to meet former Chief Ministers and father-son duo Farooq and Omar Abdullah on Sunday in Srinagar. The permission was granted by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, days after it was sought.

Provincial President Devender Singh Rana left Jammu by an IndiGo flight early Sunday for the meeting. Former NC legislators are also part of the delegation. Rana had requested Governor Satya Pal Malik for the permission. The delegation will have 15 members.

Though the delegation officially maintains, the point of discussion will be restricted to the prevailing situation in Kashmir, following the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5; but it’s widely believed, the upcoming block development council (BDC) election will be the focus.

Both the leaders are under detention ever since India axed Article 370 that gave special status to the erstwhile state. Farooq Abdullah has been placed under arrest under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).

Farooq Abdullah is the party president while his son Omar Abdullah is the vice-president of the National Conference.

Nearly 400 political leaders were either detained or placed under house arrest as New Delhi revoked Article 370 on August 5 and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh and imposed a strict curfew in the valley