Mehbooba Mufti Under House Arrest

Srinagar : According to sources Former J&K chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti is under house arrest, at her residence in Srinagar. She was going to participate in the protest at press colony in the city.

The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, earlier in the day, protested in Jammu against the alleged killing of civilians in the Hyderpora encounter.

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Families of two businessmen Mudasir Gul and Altaf Bhat, who were killed in J&K Operation were forcibly taken away in police vehicles from the protest site. In winter chills they were protesting to get back bodies of their family member who were killed in a controversial encounter at Hyderpora neighbourhood of Srinagar on Monday.

They protested with lighting candles on Wednesday night demanding the return of the bodies of Mudasir Gul and Altaf Bhat, so relatives can give them a proper burial.

Among those who protested were the elderly, who held placards demanding justice.

Before police action, the family members speaking to media said that the officials have assured them that the bodies will be handed over to them. “The officer said the bodied will be given and asked us to leave. We told her, ‘give it in writing the bodies will be returned’. She said she will get back after talking to a senior officer,” a family member said.

But unexpected turn took over. Armed policemen walked down the truck, and were seen dragging relatives from the protest site; electricity was snapped in the area.

Referring to the recent Hyderpora encounter in Srinagar, she said three civilians were killed and their families were denied permission to perform their last rights.

“Kashmiris did not change overnight. They were the same people who preferred democratic and secular India over Pakistan during partition. We joined hands with Mahatma Gandhi’s India and not his assassin Nathuram Godse’s India,” she said, adding “some forces are hell bent to turn Gandhi’s India into Godse’s India but we will not allow it to happen and will resist it in every nook and corner of the nation.”

Ms Mufti said Article 370 was given to the people of Jammu and Kashmir by the constitution of the country to safeguard the identity of the Dogras, Kashmiris and Ladakhis.

“We will take it back without using the means of hooliganism, stones, guns and bullets. We are talking about peaceful ways to get it back,” she said.

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