BH CORRESPONDENT, Srinagar: After social media ban was lifted in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on March 5, a new photo of former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has surfaced on social media on Thursday.
The photo clicked in a room shows Omar Abdullah with a long beard and he is seen standing with a doctor apparently.
The National Conference leader, who has been in detention at Hari Nivas since August 5, 2019 when Article 370 was scrapped, has not shaved since.
This is the third photo of Omar that came in public domain since his detention.
In January 2020, Omar Abdullah’s photograph wearing a woolen cap and sporting a long white beard surfaced on social media and went viral. He was seen smiling with snow in the backdrop.
In October 2019, a different photo of Omar had surfaced, in which he was sporting a shorter beard.
Sources close to Mr Abdullah say he has refused to shave his beard in detention as a mark of protest.
Three former J&K Chief Ministers have been in detention in the valley since August 5. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti too has been detained in a government building on M.A. Road.