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.


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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