J&K DGP Dilbag Singh explicitly refuted the 'manhandling' claims made by PDP supremo Mehbooba Mufti's daughter and Sajad Lone's JKPC. In a conversation with Republic TV, J&K DGP called the allegations "absolutely baseless." He further added that a normal security procedure was followed for the detained leaders.
He said, "We are very responsible Police officers who are handling not only the security of the persons who have been kept in custody, we also have a very responsive staff who is assisting. During the course of transfer from one place to another, it was alleged that some of them were manhandled, I say that is absolutely wrong. Nothing of that sort has happened."
"I have spoken to ADG security whose officers taking care of the places they have been lodged. He has denied it, he said it is absolutely baseless. There is a normal procedure, whenever you lodge some person, you frisk them, check them just for the sake of security precautions. That is what was done in their case also, nothing beyond them," J&K DGP added.
The daughter of the former Chief Minister of J&K, through her mother's Twitter handle, asserted that JKPC chief Sajad Lone, PDP leader Waheed Para, and former IAS officer Shah Faesal were manhandled by the Police on Sunday, while they were moved to another government facility.
Mehbooba Mufti's daughter claimed that J&K was under "martial law" and that the state Police seems to be "inebriated with power." She said, "SKICC detainees shifted to MLA hostel, Srinagar today. Police manhandled them and roughed up Sajad Lone, Waheed Para, and Shah Faesal. Is this how you treat elected representatives? Why humiliate them? J&K is under martial law and police seems to be inebriated with power."
Hours after Mufti's tweets, even Sajad Lone's Jammu & Kashmir People's Conference in a statement raised allegations of 'manhandling' of their party's chief in the hands of security officials in the valley on Sunday. J&K People's Conference claimed that on the pretext of security checking, Sajad Lone was "manhandled and misbehaved" while the political detainees were being shifted to the MLA Hostel.
Mainstream J&K politicians, including three former chief ministers of the state-- Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah have been placed under detention since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 citing 'security concerns.' Mufti and Omar Abdullah are under section 107 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Meanwhile, the Centre slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) in September. While Mehbooba Mufti has been moved to a detention Centre, both 83-year-old Farooq and Omar Abdullah have preferred to stay in their Srinagar residences.