Writing, sketching, exercising: Omar Abdullah loses weight, smile on his face in detention

first_imgA morning walk, writing, sketching, lunch, two hours of gym followed by a home-cooked meal – That’s how Jammu Kashmir’s Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah spends his day in detention.His daily schedule, accessed exclusively by India Today, shows Omar Abdullah spends his day at Srinagar’s Hari Niwas state guest house by ‘writing, sketching, gymming’. He is often served home-cooked breakfast and dinner.Omar Abdullah has been under detention after the Centre scrapped Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5. It has been more than 30 days since the former chief minister has not been allowed to step outside the Hari Niwas state guest house.The premises host an open area where Omar Abdullah goes for a 1-hour morning walk every day but spends the rest of the day in his room. He dons colourful shirts and is served a simple lunch cooked by the staff of Hari Niwas. This is followed by two hours of gym session in the evening with only basic gym equipment available at the guest house and a home-cooked meal at night.He has no television but Omar Abdullah has access to newspapers, books and Digital Versatile Discs (DVDs) which he was given after a “formal request” made by him. A source told India Today that he has lost weight and does not smile so often but is courteous to the staff nonetheless.Take a look at the former chief minister’s daily routine:MORNING ROUTINEOmar Abdullah “wakes up at around 5.45 am and offers morning prayers”. Soon after that he drinks a cup of tea/coffee and at around 7 am he goes for a walk. The walk is in an open area, within the premises. At around 8.30 am, he is “served breakfast, which often comes cooked from his home”.Omar Abdullah ensures he dresses up well every day nonetheless.According to sources, Omar Abdullah is seen “sporting colourful T-shirts, mostly in red and black”. He has grown a beard and spends most of his time near a window in his room overlooking Dal Lake.Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also “sketches occasionally and is seen writing something almost every day”, according to a source.NOON SCHEDULEWhen it’s noon and time for lunch, he is served a simple platter prepared by Hari Niwas guest house staff. The food is also checked every time it is served “to rule out any sabotage”.”Tests are as per security protocol as he is out of home and remains Z+ protectee,” a top government official said.Special Service Group (SSG) personnel guard Omar Abdullah round the clock. “Former CM has remained respectful with the staff and co-operated with security officials with courtesy,” according to the sources.Omar Abdullah has been allowed to meet his relatives. He has had almost four meetings with an aunt, sisters and two nephews.EVENING RETREATA team of doctors visit Omar Abdullah and a medical bulletin is submitted to the home department for the record.Each evening, Abdullah ensures two hours of gym session – with only basic equipment available at the guest house.Omar Abdullah is served dinner which is cooked from his home and soon it’s time for him to retire for the day.Also Read | Day 29 of arrest: Omar Abdullah refuses to shave his beard, runs 8 kms every dayAlso Read | Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti finally allowed to meet relatives after weeks of detentionAlso Watch | Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti reject govt’s conditional release offerlast_img

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