Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted today that she is under house arrest and the administration’s “fake claims of normalcy” have been exposed. Ms Mufti was not allowed to leave her home for a visit to Kulgam in south Kashmir.
“The Government of India expresses concern for the rights of Afghan people but willfully denies the same to Kashmiris. I’ve been placed under house arrest today because according to the administration the situation is far from normal in Kashmir. This exposes their fake claims of normalcy,” the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief posted.
The police said the PDP leader had been requested not visit Kulgam today for security reasons.
“We need lot to make lot of security deployment in the area since Ms Mufti is a Z+ category protectee. We have not put her under house arrest. She was only advised not to visit today,” said a senior police officer.
Ms Mufti’s allegation comes as the Jammu and Kashmir police said most of the restrictions have been eased and internet services have been restored in the region. The restrictions were imposed after the death of separatist hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, 91, died on Wednesday and was buried hours later near his home in Srinagar amid heavy security to forestall any protests and gatherings at mosques.