Wahid Bhat | Ground Report
First it was Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and now his grandson Omar Abdullah senior leader of National Conference. History is repeated once again in Jammu and Kashmir after 64 years. It was the 50th birthday of Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. National Conference leader Omar celebrated his birthday in jail. Similarly, in 1955, the 50th birthday of his grandfather and the third Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Abdullah , also celebrate 50s birthday in jail.
Omar’s 50th Birthday in Hari Niwas Sub jail
With the Abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 and 35A, the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act came into force on 5 August 2019. After that, Omar Abdullah was detained. In January 2020, he was imprisoned under the Public Safety Act. Hari Niwas, two kilometers away from the house, has been converted into a sub-jail and is kept closed here. On his 50th birthday, Omar spoke to Father Farooq Abdullah for about 10 minutes on the phone. Apart from this, his mother Molly, sister Safiya along with some relatives reached Hari Niwas with cakes and gifts.
Sheikh Abdullah was arrested in1953
Earlier in 1953, Sheikh Abdullah was arrested in Kashmir Conspiracy Case. At that time, the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (then the Prime Minister used to replace CM) was sacked by the then Sadar-e-Riyasat (Constitutional Head of State) Dr. Karan Singh. Sheikh Abdullah did not get a chance to prove his majority and was arrested a few days later. Sheikh Abdullah was imprisoned in the Kashmir Conspiracy Case for 11 years.
Meanwhile, in 1955, Sheikh’s 50th birthday was spent while under house arrest. Now in 2020, Omar Abdullah’s 50th birthday has passed like his grandfather.
Kashmir Conspiracy Case
Intelligence Bureau (IB) is said to have received inputs in 1950 that Sheikh Abdullah is in contact with foreign intelligence agencies. In this connection, some evidence was also provided to Nehru. BN Malik, the then chief of the IB, claimed in one of his books, ‘Nehru with Mere Din’ that in 1953, Sheikh Abdullah had a meeting with foreign intelligence agency officials. It was decided that on August 15, 1953, we would announce the separation of Kashmir from India. It is said that after BN Malik’s report, Nehru immediately had to direct the arrest and arrest of Abdullah. He became the chief minister of the state in 1975, 22 years after he was removed from power in 1953. After the death of Sheikh Abdullah in 1982, his son Farooq Abdullah became active in politics.