A quiet, lonely Eid for Abdullahs, Mehbooba

TNN Bureau. Updated: 8/13/2019 11:35:21 AM Front Page

SRINAGAR: It was a quiet, lonely Eid for former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Monday, quite unlike previous years when their homes were full of celebratory crowds of supporters, friends and family members.
The three leaders were detained after the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 and proposed that the state be bifurcated into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
On Monday, a week after the government's announcement, their homes in the city's posh Gupkar Road were deserted with only a security vehicle stationed outside.
While National Conference president Farooq Abdullah is under house arrest at his residence, his son and party vice president Omar Abdullah is at the Hari Niwas Palace. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba is at the Cheshma Shahi Hut here, officials said.
Several political leaders, who were picked up on August 5, offered prayers at the Centaur Hotel here, the officials said. The government provided them with a 'maulvi', they added.

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