Arrested again, not allowed to visit Pulwama, says Mufti
The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and the head of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, said on Friday morning that she was detained by Jammu and Kashmir police and prevented from visiting Pulwama in Souto Kashmir to meet with the family of PPD leader Waheed Parra, who was arrested by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) earlier this week.
Later on Friday, he was not allowed to address a press conference at his residence in Gupkar. “I have been illegally detained once again. For two days, the J&K administrator has refused to allow me to visit @parawahid’s family in Pulwama. The BJP ministers and their puppets can move to every corner of Kashmir, but security is an issue only in my case, ”Mufti tweeted on Friday morning.
Parra was arrested by the NIA on Wednesday in connection with a terrorism case in which a senior police officer was arrested along with two militants in January.
Mufti said his daughter Iltija Mufti has also been placed under house arrest. “His cruelty knows no limits. Waheed was arrested on unfounded charges and I am not even allowed to comfort his family. Even my daughter Iltija has been placed under house arrest because she wanted to visit Waheed’s family. ” However, in the afternoon, when the media reached their home, the police did not allow them to enter.
“The press has been prohibited from entering my residence in Srinagar. This despite the fact that there are no written orders to explain my arbitrary detention. Kashmir is an open-air prison where no one has the right to express their opinion, ”Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
Police denied that Mehbooba Mufti is under house arrest. “The leader of the PDP, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, is not under house arrest. He was asked to postpone his visit to Pulwama simply for security reasons, ”said the police spokesman.
Mufti further said that his administration is using fear and intimidation.
“We are one day away from the DDC vote and it is clear that the administrator here is using fear and intimidation together to dampen any form of opposition.”
Jammu and Kashmir is scheduled for its inaugural District Development Council (DDC) elections and by-elections for the panchayat and urban local bodies, scheduled to be held in eight phases starting on November 28.
The Vice President of the National Conference, Omar Abdullah, accused the Jammu and Kashmir administration of treating personal freedom as a favor.
“Parking a truck in front of our doors is now standard operating procedure for this manager. They recently did the same to my father to make him stop praying. Personal freedom is treated as a favor by the government, to give and withdraw at will, without interference from the judiciary, “he wrote on Twitter.
His father and North Carolina President Farooq Abdullah were prevented from leaving their residence on October 30 to offer prayers at the Hazratbal shrine on the occasion of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi.
Meanwhile, PDP youth President Waheed ur Rehman Parra was brought before an NIA court in Jammu and sent to 15 days of police custody by the court. Parra was arrested by the NIA in New Delhi on Wednesday and is also contesting Pulwama’s DDC polls.
(With PTI inputs)