Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday tweeted that she had been placed under house arrest.
Mehbooba was among the main political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir who were detained in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019. She was released from detention in October last year. Subsequently, she has alleged to being put under house arrest or having her movement restricted by the government.
On Tuesday, Mehbooba tweeted images of her residence, one of which showed a locked gate. She wrote, “GOI expresses concern for the rights of Afghan people but wilfully denies the same to Kashmiris. Ive been placed under house arrest today because according to admin the situation is far from normal in Kashmir. This exposes their fake claims of normalcy.”
Mehbooba’s allegation of being placed under house arrest came after she criticised the government over the handling of the last rites of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Referring to Geelani’s kin being denied an opportunity to perform his last rites, Mehbooba said on Monday the act was “against humanity”.
“Even a convict sentenced to death is granted one last wish before execution,” Mehbooba said, referring to Geelani’s wish to be buried at the Eidgah graveyard. “What happened with the dead body of Geelani has probably generated sympathy among even those who might have had differences with his politics. There was no call, yet the markets were shut down after people came to know about what had happened…,” Mehbooba said.
On Sunday, Mehbooba had attacked the government for filing an FIR over the body of Geelani allegedly being draped in a Pakistani flag. She then tweeted, “Having turned Kashmir into an open air prison, now even the dead aren’t spared. A family isn’t allowed to mourn & bid a final farewell as per their wishes. Booking Geelani sahab’s family under UAPA shows GOI’s deep rooted paranoia & ruthlessness. This is New India’s Naya Kashmir.”
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