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Ahead of Supreme Court verdict on Article 370, leaders put under house arrest

Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Centre’s August 2019 decision to abrogate the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday morning put several political leaders under house arrest.

The police put senior political leaders, including two former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, under house arrest.

Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has also been placed under house detention.

The authorities have also suspended classes at the University of Kashmir and the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST).

In a communication, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, has written to security agencies asking them to suspend the movement of the security convoys on Monday.

A five-judge Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud had reserved its judgment on September 5, after hearing the petitioners, the Union government, and the J-K administration for 16 days. The bench had heard a slew of petitions challenging the Union’s move four years ago.

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