Abdullah at an all-party condolence meeting organised for former Indian PM and BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee [File: Getty Images]

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – The detention of pro-India politicians and the crackdown against their party members in Indian-administered Kashmir indicate a further shrinking of New Delhi’s allies in the region.

For the most part of the last five decades, the National Conference (NC) party headed by the influential Abdullah family was synonymous with the Indian politics in the Jammu and Kashmir state.

But things changed on Monday – the 42nd day of the ongoing Kashmir lockdown – when the family’s patriarch and NC president Farooq Abdullah was arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a law that allows detention without trial for two years.

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