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‘New model of democracy’: Omar Abdullah claims he, his family put under house arrest

The Srinagar Police, however, claimed that the "movement of VIPs and Protected Persons has been discouraged" due to the anniversary of the 2019 Pulwama attack.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 14, 2021 4:35:42 pm
Omar Abdullah in Srinagar in December 2020. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah Sunday claimed he and his family, including his father and Member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah, have been put under house arrest by authorities. The Srinagar Police, however, claimed that the “movement of VIPs and Protected Persons has been discouraged” due to the anniversary of the 2019 Pulwama attack.

“This is the ‘naya/new J&K’ after Aug 2019. We get locked up in our homes with no explanation. It’s bad enough they’ve locked my father (a sitting MP) & me in our home, they’ve locked my sister & her kids in their home as well,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister also posted photographs showing police vehicles outside the gates of his residence in the Gupkar area of the city here.

“Chalo, your new model of democracy means that we are kept in our homes without explanation but on top of that the staff that works in the house aren’t being allowed in and then you are surprised that I’m still angry & bitter,” he said in another tweet.

Omar also alleged that his house staff was not being let inside.

Responding to his tweets, the Srinagar Police, tweeted, ” Today is 2nd Anniversary of dreaded Lethpora Terror incident. There shall be NO ROP on ground. Due to adverse inputs, movement of VIPs/ProtectedPersons has been discouraged and all concerned were informed in advance NOT to plan a tour today.”

On Saturday, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti too claimed that she was placed under house arrest ahead of her visit to the family of Athar Mushtaq — one of the three alleged militants killed in an encounter in Parimpora locality here in December last year.

“Placed under house arrest as usual for trying to visit the family of Athar Mushtaq killed allegedly in a fake encounter. His father was booked under UAPA for demanding his dead body. This the normalcy GOI wants to showcase to the EU delegation visiting Kashmir (sic),” she had said on Twitter.

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