Farooq Abdullah devoted to Indias unity, I condemn his arrest: Chidambaram

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Mr Abdullah has now been detained underneath the stringent Public Security Act (PSA), which allows authorities to detain any particular person for 2 years with out trial. "Farooq Abdullah neither detained nor arrested", Sibal said in a tweet.

Amnesty International has called the PSA a "lawless law", and rights groups say India has used the law to stifle dissent and circumvent the criminal justice system, undermining accountability, transparency and respect for human rights. Hundreds of politicians including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah (Mr Abdullah's son) and Mehbooba Mufti were detained or arrested last month as part of the centre's massive clampdown after its decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and split it into two union territories Mr Abdullah's detention has been made official over a month later. "What could be the lowest depth of the political bankruptcy of the present ruling dispensation than slapping of PSA on one of the tallest leaders of the country, a five time Chief Minister, a sitting Member Parliament and a former minister at the Centre", said a statement issued from NC headquarters at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here. Telephone communications, cellphone coverage, broadband Internet and cable TV services were cut for the valley's 7 million people, although some communications have been gradually restored. "If he (Abdullah) does not want to come out of his house, he can not be brought out at gunpoint", Shah said, when other parliamentarians expressed concern over Abdullah's absence during the debate on Kashmir's status.

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India's top court said on Monday the federal government should restore normal life in Kashmir as soon as possible, as a partial shutdown of the disputed region entered its 42nd day.

Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since 1947 and since then the two nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan have fought two wars over the region. After rebellion started in the region in 1989, the law was used against rebels and anti-India protesters. About 70,000 people have been killed since that uprising and a subsequent Indian military crackdown.

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