Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone were put under house arrest late Sunday night amid a massive security-built up in the state.
Internet services and mobile services were suspended in several places and all public gatherings were banned in Srinagar district as section 144 was imposed from midnight.
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah had on Sunday evening tweeted saying that he has been informed that an “unofficial curfew” was about to begin in Kashmir and mainstream leaders were going to be detained or kept under house arrest.
“If officers in the state government are to be believed mobile internet is going down now, an unofficial curfew is going to start and mainstream leaders are going to be detained. No idea who to believe and where this is heading,” he tweeted.
“I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us,” the NC leader said.
Abdullah had further said that government’s decision to stop Amarnath Yatra, citing security concerns and intelligence inputs about the possibility of terror attacks, was exposed. “So we can debunk the stories that were being fed to the channels about everything that’s been happening in Kashmir over the last few days, including the yatra stoppage, happening because of Pakistan,” he added.
Earlier on Sunday, leaders of the mainstream political parties in Kashmir held an all-party meeting in Srinagar to discuss the prevailing situation in the Valley.
Kashmir remained on edge as authorities stepped up security deployment at vital installations and sensitive areas amid heightened terror threat and flare up of hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC).