(NEW DELHI, India.) JUST IN: Authorities have arrested at least ‘ 75-Kashmiri-Political-Leaders & Ac tivists ‘ in Kashmir saying they were rounded up by authorities in what the government is calling p reventing political unrest in local elections #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.26: Indian authorities have arrested at least 75 Kashmiri political leaders and activists in anticipation of an uprising following the triumph of an alliance of Kashmir’s regional political parties in a local election, a senior police official unveiled: Those arrested included pro-independence leaders and members of the banned Jamat-e-Islami group, who were rounded up in what the government described as preventive custody, the official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity: The detentions challenge the verdict of the people, said Imran Nabi Dar, spokesman for regional party, the National Conference, and a key member of the alliance: The District Council election that ended early this week was the first such exercise since the government of India’s ultra-nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the special status of the Muslim-majority region under its control last year: Authorities in New Delhi then waged a crackdown on opposition activists in the restive region and rounded up hundreds of people in purported efforts to forestall protests and violence: The alliance’s latest victory confirms that Kashmiris have not accepted Modi’s decision to end Kashmir’s special status, said Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister and head of the National Conference:

India arrests at least 75 in restive Kashmir following recent local polls….

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Kashmir votes in local elections amid heightened securityKashmir votes in local elections amid heightened security

Indian-ruled Kashmir heads to the polls for local elections amid beefed-up security. The first electoral process comes after New Delhi stripped the region of its autonomous status last year.

Following their release from prolonged detention, Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, chief of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party, announced the alliance in October aimed at seeking a peaceful restoration of Kashmir’s autonomy: Meanwhile, the elections in Kashmir appear to have paved the way for other electoral processes in the volatile region: However, many say this ballot has made people of Kashmir politically aware of the fact that New Delhi is trying to thrust such an electoral process in order to create the impression that normalcy has taken hold after it stripped Kashmir of its autonomy, without actually working on building trust and bridging the gaps:

India last year scrapped the semi-autonomy of its part of Kashmir: New Delhi unilaterally introduced a slew of laws that locals say are aimed at shifting the region’s demographics and economically disempowering local residents:

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