Police in Kashmir occupied by India arrested at least 12 women, including the sister and daughter of former Prime Minister occupied by Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, for protesting against India, officials said Tuesday.
The women, who carried banners that said "Respect fundamental rights" and "Why demote Jammu and Kashmir," met Tuesday in a park in Srinagar, the main city in the region.
The police took them to a nearby police station while trying to march through the main commercial area of Lal Chowk. They would probably be released later in the day.
The protest came a day after India said it has reestablished call facilities on paid cell phone connections in occupied Kashmir after more than two months of a communications blackout.
However, the ban on more than 2 million prepaid mobile connections and internet services will continue, he said.
According to NDTVIn addition to Abdullah's sister, Suraiya Abdullah and her daughter Safia Abdullah Khan, the wife of former busy justice president Jammu and Kashmir Bashir Ahmed Khan, Hawa Bashir, has also been arrested.
Other protesters included leading activists and academics.
Abdullah, 81, had been under house arrest in Srinagar since early August, when India stripped Kashmir of its autonomy, imposed a security blockade and detained dozens of politicians, including those who support the region being part of India But on September 16, he was formally arrested under the Public Security Act (PSA) and his home became a "judicial blockade."
His son, Omar Abdullah, is being held at a state guest house.
In addition to Farooq and Omar Abdullah, the former prime minister and head of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, is another prominent leader detained by the busy administration of Jammu and Kashmir.