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Fear of detention keeps NC leaders away from Sheikh Abdullah's death anniversary
9/8/2019 11:33:10 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Sept 8: Apprehensive of getting detained if they gathered to pay tributes to the National Conference (NC) founder and former Chief Minister Sheikh Mohd Adbullah on his death anniversary, the NC leaders, activists and workers stayed away from holding any such event in his remembrance in Kashmir this time.
Ironically, even through the Governor SP Malik paid tributes to Sheikh Mohd Adbullah on his death anniversary on September 7, and also issued a formal handout in this regard, the NC leaders preferred silence.
Though, a few of the NC leaders like Omar Abdullah, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Ali Mohd Sagar are under detention, scores of others from the party, who are free to move around also stayed silent. Interestingly, even the Members Parliament including Mohd Akbar Lone, who is otherwise seen as a vocal face preferred to be mute on the death anniversary of Sheikh Mohd Abdullah though the former has been moving around freely.
Sources said the most of the NC leaders and their cadres are free to move around, none of them bothered to remember the party founder on his death anniversary.
Official sources said that there were no particular restrictions from the side of administration to hold any such event but that it was the personal choice of the politicians.
Talking to Early Times on the condition of anonymity, one NC leader said, "Frankly speaking none of us wants to end up in detention at this point of time, so it was better to be silent on death anniversary."
Sources said many of the NC cadres have already conveyed to the administration that none of them would resort to any activity that could make them vulnerable to land behind the bars.
Political analyst said it was for the first time in the last around four decades that the NC skipped to hold Sheikh's death anniversary.
Sources said even the close family members of Sheikh Abdullah staged away from holding any event.
Despite repeated attempts, the NC leaders or Abdullah family members couldn't be contacted for comments.
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