Governor's office says it is not in touch with Kashmiri leaders
The Governor's office said that the Governor has no role in detaining or releasing anyone. It said that such decisions are taken by the police.
The Raj Bhavan, the Governor's office, in Jammu and Kashmir has said that it has had no contact with former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. The Raj Bhavan also said that it has no role in the processs of detentions, or release from custody. It said that the local police administration takes such decisions.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik.
Abdullah, the vice president of the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti, the president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are under house arrest since a day before the removal of Articles 370 and 35A, that gave special status to the state.
A Raj Bhavan spokesperson said, "There are reports that the governor has told the detained former Chief Ministers (Abdullah and Mufti) that if they are concerned about the removal of Section 370 from the state, and refrain from making any statement, they can be released from detention.
"This news is completely wrong and baseless." The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir is not involved in the detention or release of any person. The local police administration does this at the appropriate level. The governor has no contact with these leaders, it stressed.
Omar Abdullah, Vice President of National Conference and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesman said that the Raj Bhavan condemned the spread of such unconfirmed and false news.
On August 5, the government scrapped articles 370 and 35A applicable in Jammu and Kashmir. Before doing this, prominent leaders of the state were taken into custody. The state was divided into two union territories namely Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh.
To prevent any kind of protests, the central government had deployed security forces on a large scale in the Kashmir Valley. Schools and colleges were closed. The administration had also suspended telephone, mobile and internet services.
Security Force personnel posted in Srinagar.
Now landline telephone services have been restored and schools and colleges have been opened in some places.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]