Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were among four political leaders arrested on Monday, officials said according to PTI.
J&K People’s Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari were also arrested.
Srinagar’s executive magistrate in a notice to People’s Democratic Party chief Membooba Mufti said she was being detained because her activities “are likely to cause a breach of peace”.
“Therefore, keeping into consideration the aforementioned facts and circumstance, I as executive magistrate first-class do hereby immediately order your detention for preventing law and order situation and further as a preventive measure you be shifted to Hari Niwas place till further orders,” the notice said.
The arrests came shortly after Parliament passed a resolution to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Parliament also passed a bill to divide the state into two union territories,
Earlier Monday, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah described the Centre’s move to scrap Article 370 as ‘deceit and stealth’ and warned that it will have ‘dangerous consequences’.
Membooba Mufti had tweeted that it was the ‘darkest day’ shortly after Union home minister Amit Shah moved the resolution in Rajya Sabha to abrogate Article 370.
Ahead of the arrest, authorities stepped up security in Jammu and Kashmir restricting the movement of several senior political leaders.
Authorities also snapped mobile internet services on Sunday night.