NEW DELHI :
The turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir deepened further late last night after top political leaders in the state -- Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti -- were placed under house arrest.
With no clarity on the ground, all eyes are now on the cabinet committee on security meeting that will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the Parliament session today. The matter is also likely to rock both Houses of Parliament with Opposition parties to take up the matter in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, during the zero hour.
The matter will especially become a political hot potato in the Upper House, where the Opposition -- even in the past -- has been demanded PM Modi's presence in the House to offer a response on matters pertaining to Kashmir.
With uncertainty looming large and no reason given behind the action against the leaders, Kashmir was placed under near lockdown, even as the remaining pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra have been asked to leave the Valley by tonight.
Section 144 of the Criminal procedure code (CrPC) has been imposed (prohibits gathering of four or more people), educational institutions have been shut in the Valley and both former chief ministers put under house arrest. Communication lines too have been snapped in the Valley, with all high speed internet and mobile internet being suspended.
"I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight and the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store," Omar Abdullah said late Sunday night, on Twitter.