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National Conference delegation allowed to meet Abdullahs
Jammu & Kashmir

National Conference delegation allowed to meet Abdullahs

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir administration has finally allowed a delegation of party members of National Conference(NC) to meet its president Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar who were placed under preventive detention.

"A delegation led by provincial president Devender Singh Rana will leave Jammu on Sunday morning," news agency ANI quoted National Conference spokesperson Madan Mantoo as saying on Saturday.

Farooq and Omar Abdullah, both former Chief Ministers, were placed under detention the night before the centre scrapped Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5. The government also took similar action against other Kashmir-based politicians, including Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti and Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference chairman Sajjad Lone, to prevent a possible backlash from the public.

According to Mr Mantoo, the delegation was allowed to meet the Abdullahs after Mr Rana made a request in this regard. While 81-year-old Farooq Abdullah has been placed under house arrest at his Srinagar residence, his son remains detained at the Hari Niwas state guest house nearby. Confirming the development, Mr Rana said the delegation will comprise 15 former legislators.

Omar Abdullah was earlier visited by his sister Safiya and aunt Suraya Mattoo on at least two occasions.