Srinagar: National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has not shaved for the past 29 days and has pronounced that will not shave his beard till he is released from detention.
As a host of political leaders continue to remain under detention, Jammu and Kashmir’s three former chief ministers Farooq and Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, as well as others, are now allowed brief visits by their relatives in accordance with the jail manual, officials said.
On Monday, Abdullah’s family members met him at the Hari Niwas, a state guesthouse-turned into jail in Srinagar. Safia Abdullah, the elder sister of Omar Abdullah and her two kids and a paternal aunt met Omar Abdullah who has been under detention since August 5.
The reunion with family revealed how Omar Abdullah has been spending his time while jailed.
Safia said, “I had met Omar Sahab thrice during one week. Since we were allowed by the magistrate to meet him, today morning also I went with my kids and foofi [aunt] to meet him. He is completely unaware of what is happening outside. His satellite TV is not working so we have provided him with a number of CDs of his choice. He is reading books and watching his favourite films,” Safia told India Today TV.
“Omar Abdullah is growing his beard and is not shaving. When I asked him why he is not shaving, he said he will not shave till he is released from jail” Safia Abdullah added. She also said that Omar’s kids in Delhi are also keen to see their father but so far we have not invited them here.
Omar Abdullah’s nephew asked his uncle how he spends the day. “Mamu how you spend your time here?” Zaid asked Omar Abdullah.
In response, Omar Abdullah said, “I am running 8 kilometres a day in the lawns of Hari Niwas,” Omar told to Zaid.
Safia, who is living next to her father Farooq Abdullah’s Gupkar Road residence, is taking care of her ailing father, who is also under house arrest.
She said that food is being sent for Omar Abdullah from home and it depends on his choice what he wants to eat. “I try to cook it for him. We had the family coo make some dishes yesterday for Omar Sahab and I took them for him today,” she said.