“When will this madness end,” Rahul Gandhi asks after J&K Congress leader detained during live press conference

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday condemned the “arrest” of the party’s Jammu and Kashmir chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir and spokesperson Ravinder Sharma, saying it was another “body blow” to democracy by the government.

The Former Congress chief reacted to a tweet put out by the Congress party, “Our spokesperson in JK Shri Ravinder Sharma was illegally arrested while conducting a press conference. And so was the PCC chief Shri Ghulam Ahmed. We condemn this dictatorial move by the Modi government and demand that they be released immediately.”

Hundreds of politicians in Jammu and Kashmir were arrested as the government sought to avoid any protests over its decision to end special status to the state under Article 370 and split it into two Union Territories.

Among the arrested politicians were former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who remain in custody in safehouses in Srinagar.

On Wednesday, budding politician Shah Faesal was detained at the Delhi airport when he about to fly abroad. He was sent back to Srinagar, where he was placed under house arrest under the Public Safety Act. Shah Faesal had been sharply critical on social media about the government’s move.

As part of a huge security clampdown to prevent any major backlash, phone and internet services were down in the Kashmir Valley and curfew-like restrictions were imposed.

Today, the state administration announced that all state government offices were functional and schools would reopen from next. And the telecommunication services will be restored in a phased manner.

Source : Various

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