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 Mehbooba, Omar in custody, Sec 144 in Jammu to stay
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Mehbooba, Omar in custody, Sec 144 in Jammu to stay

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Srinagar/Jammu, Aug 5 : In the wake of abrogation of Article 370, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir region on Monday was put under siege and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah were taken into custody in the evening, moments after Rajya Sabha passed the Bill to bifurcate the State into two Union territories.

However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC remained in force in parts of Jammu region and schools and colleges will also remain shut for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

A senior administrative official here said that former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been arrested."The government had earlier revoked the State’s special status, provided under Article 370, via presidential order,” he said.

Mufti has been taken to Hari Niwas - a VVIP state guest house. She was already put under house arrest on Sunday night as the authorities clamped restrictions under Section 144. Official sources said the reason for her arrest was not yet ascertained.
A senior police officer told UNI that restrictions remained clamped in all districts of Kashmir province and mobile internet services were also suspended till further orders.
“Concertina wires were placed at all major points of Srinagar city while there was a heavy deployment of troops across the region,” they said.

Sources said nobody was allowed to move out of their houses in view of complete restrictions, adding, “no incident of any violence or law and order problem was reported from anywhere across the parts of Kashmir region.”
Earlier in the day, Mufti in a series of tweets claimed that Kashmiri people were 'defeated and betrayed' by Indian institutions.

“Today the people of Jammu & Kashmir who reposed their faith in institutions of India like Parliament & Supreme Court feel defeated & betrayed. By dismembering the state & fraudulently taking away what is rightfully & legally ours, they have further complicated the Kashmir dispute,” she had said in another tweet.

However, in Jammu also, restrictions remained in force under Section 144 of CrPC, which will also continue on Tuesday.

All government and private institutions remained closed on Monday and will remain shut on Tuesday as well, an order issued by the Deputy Commisisoner Jammu, Sushma Chauhan said.

As many as 40 companies of CRPF were deployed in all districts of Jammu division, said an official, adding that in Jammu six companies, in Samba two, in Kathua two, in Udhampur four, in Reasi one, in Rajouri eight, in Poonch six and in Doda 11 companies had been deployed.

Six companies of the Army have also been deployed in various parts of the district.
“Mobile Internet was snapped in the region while restrictions are imposed as precautionary measure,” they added.

Post security advisory issued on Saturday, three major pilgrimages including Machail Mata at Kishtwar, Buddha Amarnath in Poonch and Kouser Nag in Reasi were also cancelled.

More than 500 students from NIT Srinagar also reached Jammu and left for their hometown by trains on Sunday.
(UNI)