Nearly a month later, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti have been reportedly allowed to meet their family and relatives.
The two former state Chief Ministers had been placed under house arrest since August 5. They were taken into custody as a “precautionary measure” in the light of the central government’s decision to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
If reports are to be believed, Abdullah met his family twice this week at Hari Niwas in Srinagar, where he was shifted after the Centre’s move. His sister Safia, and her children were allowed to meet the NC leader, who has now grown a beard, for 20 minutes on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Mufti’s mother and sister were allowed to meet her on Thursday, at a tourism department property in Chesmashahi where she was lodged, that has now been declared a sub-jail.
The two prominent Kashmir leaders have been devoid of cable, news channels and newspapers. As a result, Abdullah has been binge-watching Hollywood movies, in a DVD player provided to him, and hitting the gym whereas Mehbooba Mufti at Chashme Shahi is passing her time by reading.