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India arrests senior Kashmiri leader Farooq Abdullah

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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah. File photo/ AFP

Police say a senior pro-India politician and member of the Indian parliament has been arrested in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Farooq Abdullah, 81, also the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested on Monday under the Public Safety Act at his residence in Srinagar, the summer capital of the disputed region.

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Muneer Khan, a top police official, says “a committee will decide how long the arrest will be.”

Abdullah’s residence has been declared as a subsidiary jail since Aug.5 when the government in New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its special status, banned all communication networks, including mobile internet, and imposed a strict security lockdown.

Associated Press