Mehbooba Mufti under house arrest, other PDP leaders detained: Report

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Srinagar: Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that she and her other People’s Democratic Party leaders have been put under house arrest as Kashmir marks the fourth anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 on Saturday.

As per a report by the Hindustan Times, Mufti’s Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party had sought permission to hold a seminar but the administration denied the permission.

“I’ve been put under house arrest along with other senior PDP leaders today. This comes after a midnight crackdown where scores of my party men are illegally detained in police stations. GOIs false claims about normalcy to the SC stands exposed by theirs actions driven by paranoia,” Mufti tweeted.

“On one hand, giant hoardings calling upon Kashmiris to ‘celebrate’ the illegal abrogation of Article 370 have been put up across Srinagar. Whereas brute force is being used to choke the actual sentiment of the people. Hope the Hon’ble SC takes cognisance of these developments at a time when Article 370 has come up for hearing,” she added.

On 5 August 2019, the central government had revoked Article 370, which gave limited autonomy to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated it into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“Our representative was told around 5 PM on 4th August 2023 that the sought permission is declined without assigning any reason,” a PDP spokesman told the newspaper.

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