SRINAGAR — Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah could not offer Eid Al Azha prayers on Monday at mosque despite his request to the authorities, according to family sources.
A close relative of Dr. Abdullah, who wished not to be named, told The Hindu that Dr. Abdullah was “barred” from Id prayers despite “a formal request made to the authorities.”
No one was even allowed to meet Dr. Abdullah, who lives in Gupkar Road in Srinagar, claim relatives.
According to report, the government had stated that all incarcerated leaders, including MP Dr. Farooq Abdullah, his son and NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti and her party leaders, were allowed to pray.
The senior Abdullah has been detained at his residence in Srinagar despite Union Minister Amit Shah’s statement in Parliament that Dr. Abdullah was not under house arrest.
Most relatives of the Abdullahs, including Dr. Abdullah’s daughter Safia Abdullah, brother Mustafa Kamal and brother-in-law Muzaffar Shah, have been put under house arrest. Junior Abdullah’s political secretary Tanvir Sadiq has also been detained.
A few relatives have decided against returning home, fearing detentions, the family members said, reports The Hindu.