Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti was Sunday placed under house arrest after she wished to visit Sopore, where a youth was killed in police custody on Sunday.
“I had to visit Sopore but police locked the main entrance of my Gupkar residence and didn’t allow anybody to move. This is shameful act that even opposition leader is being placed under house arrest. NC led government has turned Kashmir into a garrison,” Mehbooba said.
Sources told local news agency KNS that SP East along with a contingent of police including women constables cordoned off the Gupkar residence of Muftis to prevent Mehbooba from going to Sopore.
The keys of the main gate of her house have been taken away by a police contingent from police station Ram Munshi Bagh.
A senior police official confirmed to KNS that Mehbooba was placed under house arrest.
Meanwhile, Mehbooba strongly condemned the custodial killing of Naazim Rashid in Sopore.
“Ordering a probe in every atrocity has become a ritual for the Chief Minister as none of such inquiries has ever resulted in any action against the culprits. Suspension of an official is a temporary device to manage the anger for a few days and then no follow-up action is taken,” Mehbooba said in a statement.
“This is evident from the fate of the investigation that was promised in many cases and especially in the cold blooded murder of three youth, Sujaat Ul Islam, Imtiyaz Ahmed and Ishtiyaq Ahmed last year in Islamabad (Anantnag). The Chief Minister had promised action within 24 hours, but the promise has not been fulfilled even one year later,” she alleged.
The PDP president said the custodial killing of Naazim was the unfortunate consequence of the government license to police and security forces to use all methods for maintenance of a surface calm, to mislead public opinion about its repressive governance.
Expressing deep grief and shock at the tragedy that has met the young man at the hands of police Mehbooba said this death has added another tragedy in the sad story of Kashmir. “Such tragedies would continue to happen as the government has not punished even one killer out of the 120 young man murdered on the streets of Kashmir last year”, she said.
Mehbooba said unless the government changed its perception and policy towards the people such unfortunate incidents would continue. “The PDP has been cautioning the government from time to time against muzzling public opinion and dissent but it is sad to notice that the state government is getting more and more arrogant. It seems it has gone against the youth of this state out of some vengeance and allowing them to be targeted through unknown gunmen and police,” she added.
The PDP president expressed deep sympathies with the family and said it was useless to expect a justice from the government that seems to have developed a man-eating habit.