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Govt creating vacuum in Kashmir, will be filled with terrorists: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi | Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at the Modi government for detaining former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah.

He accused the Centre of creating a political vacuum in Jammu and Kashmir by “removing nationalist leaders” like National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah.

“It’s obvious that the government is trying to remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah Ji to create a political vacuum in Jammu & Kashmir that will be filled by terrorists,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

“Kashmir can then permanently be used as a political instrument to polarise the rest of India,” he added.

He later appealed to the government to release all the nationalist leaders, as soon as possible.

“The Government should stop creating space for terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir and release all nationalist leaders ASAP”, he later tweeted.

Many prominent Jammu and Kashmir leaders have been kept under house arrest since the Central government abrogated Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are two other known leaders who have been kept under house arrest since the scrapping of Article 370.

However, recently, Farooq Abdullah’s detention was approved by Srinagar’s Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhury under Public Safety Act (PSA). The Act allows the government to detain any person for two years without trial if he/she is suspected to be a threat to public safety.

The NC Chief will be detained for atleast 3 months.

Commenting on Farooq Abdullah’s detention, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said it is “atrocious, unbelievable and unacceptable”.

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