“He was supposed to stay with me at my rented accommodation in Jamia Nagar but decided to book a hotel because my flat was shared by a couple of other persons,” Malik Aabid told The Hindu.
“We continue to be very concerned by reports of detentions, and continued restrictions on the residents of the region,” a senior State Department official told reporters.
Sitting outside the police station alongside Rah on Tuesday were dozens of other locals who said their relatives were also in custody – among them 21 boys from the most recent night raid.
The occupation authorities continue to maintain strict curfew with the deployment of thousands of Indian troops in every nook and corner of the Kashmir valley, turning it into a military garrison and big concentration camp.
Thousands of people have been detained in Kashmir over fears of outbreaks of unrest after the BJP government stripped of the special status to the State two weeks ago, government sources told AFP.
“Our neighbour is knocking on the doors of the international community saying India made a mistake. Talks with Pakistan will be held only if it stops supporting terror,” he categorically said.
After Friday prayers hundreds of Kashmiri based Seminary Students organised a massive rally in the Iranian city of Qom to protest against the scrapping of a constitutional provision that granted special status to Indian-administered Kashmir.