Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Indian authorities have carried out a major crackdown against political leaders in Indian-administered Kashmir and arrested high-profile figures that include three former chief ministers of the Muslim-majority state.

The arrests coincided with the abrogation of decades-old Article 370 of the Indian constitution that protected the demography of Jammu and Kashmir state and provided it a limited autonomy.

It is not clear how many politicians or activists have been arrested since August 5 – the day Article 370 was abrogated – since the administration has not come out with any figures.

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The decision to scrap Kashmir’s special status and divide it into two “union territories” to be controlled by New Delhi stoked unprecedented tensions in the disputed region and

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