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J&K police prevent Mehbooba Mufti from holding press conference, deny claims of house arrest

Mehbooba Mufti claimed the Jammu & Kashmir administration has refused to allow her to visit the family of PDP party leader Waheed Rehman in Pulwama.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 27, 2020 6:36:21 pm
Mehbooba: Centre left no middle ground for people in ValleyPDP president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. (File photo)

The Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday prevented former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti from holding a press conference at her residence where she claims to have been “illegally detained yet again” .

A posse of policemen stopped journalists about 100 metres away from Mufti’s ‘Fairview’ residence in Gupkar where she was scheduled to address the media, reported news agency PTI. The police said the presser of the PDP president was not allowed as per the orders from the higher ups.

“Press has been barred from entering my residence in Srinagar. This despite no written orders explaining my arbitrary detention. Kashmir is an open air prison where no one has the right to express their opinion,” Mufti said.

The former chief minister has alleged the J&K administration has refused to allow her to visit the family of PDP youth wing president Waheed Rehman in Pulwama.

The police have dismissed Mufti’s claims saying she was not being placed under house arrest but was asked to postpone her visit to Pulwama due to security reasons.

Taking to Twitter, Mufti said: “BJP Ministers and their puppets are allowed to move around in every corner of Kashmir but security is a problem only in my case.” She also accused the government of arresting PDP youth leader Waheed on “baseless charges” and that she was “not allowed to even console his family”.

“Even my daughter Iltija has been placed under house arrest because she also wanted to visit Waheed’s family,” Mufti said.

“PDP leader Ms Mehbooba Mufti is not under house arrest. She was requested to postpone her visit to Pulwama purely due to security reasons,” Kashmir Zone Police said on Twitter.

Mehbooba Mufti, J&K BJP, J&K special status, J&K flag controversy, Mehbooba mufti on flag, BJP demands Mufti arrest, India news, Indian express File photo: Mehbooba Mufti addressing press after being released from detention. In front her is the J&K flag (in red). (File/Express Photo)

In a letter that was tweeted by Mufti, the SSP Pulwama wrote to the Director of Special Security Group Srinagar, saying no security and anti-sabotage checks of the route were done as no advance security liaison was conducted up till now.

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The SSP added that the entire manpower is committed for other election related operations, requesting that Mufti defer her tour programme.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Personal liberty is treated as a favour by the govt, to give & withdraw at will, with no interference from the judiciary.”

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