Over 600 Kashmiri politicians, lawyers, activists arrested by India: report

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SRINAGAR: More than 600 prominent Kashmiri politicians, activists and lawyers have been detained by Indian occupation forces in Kashmir since the scrapping of special status on August 5, a media report said.

The Print quoted a top official as saying that the detained individuals include those arrested by the state police; or put under preventive custody at detention centres; or house arrested; or sent to prisons outside Kashmir.

The figure does not account for other locals, mostly youth, who have been taken into custody from various parts of Kashmir.

Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are among those arrested. Current Srinagar MP and former state CM Farooq Abdullah, too, has been put under preventive custody at his Gupkar road residence in Srinagar.

The crackdown in the state started a night before the Modi government announced the abrogation of Article 370 that guaranteed special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the report, Indian authorities in Srinagar have established six detention centres which are currently housing some the most prominent mainstream political leaders of Kashmir, including Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.