Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday alleged that she was put under house arrest at her Gupkar residence.
Taking to Twitter, Mehbooba said she wanted to central Kashmir’s Budgam district “where hundreds of families were evicted from their homes”.
She shared a video of her waiting inside the entrance to his house, knocking it and asking the cops on duty to open it.
“Illegal detention has become Government of India’s favourite go-to method for muzzling any form of opposition. I’ve been detained once again because I wanted to visit Budgam where hundreds of families were evicted from their homes,” Mehbooba tweeted.
“Government of India wants to continue inflicting oppression & zulm (oppression) on the people of J&K without any questions asked,” she said.
Talking to KNO, Iltija Mufti, the senior Mufti’s daughter, said that she intended to visit remote areas of Budgam district where Gujjar families are being evicted. “But a heavy contingent of police and paramilitary forces reached our Gupkar residence and locked the main entry gate,” Iltija said.
Mehbooba Ji is a politician and has a right to go wherever she wishes,” Iltija said, adding that “she even told police that she will take her private vehicle to reach Budgam but she was not allowed to venture out.”
“BJP politicians are given full security cover and other facilities to undertake the journey of their choice but Mehbooba Ji has been caged at her home,” Iltija said. “The government wants to continue its oppressive and disruptive actions here and anyone who even tries to talk about these issues isn’t allowed to do so.”
Pertinently, in the last presser, State Election Commissioner (SEC) KK Sharma had stated that Mehbooba being a former Chief Minister needs to follow proper security protocol while venturing out of her home.