Opposition parties, including the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the DMK, protested on Thursday to demand the release of political leaders under detention in Jammu and Kashmir. Among the Opposition leaders stood former JNU leaders Shehla Rashid. Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram also joined the protest at Jantar Mantar. P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday night in connection with a money laundering case related to INX Media.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav, Loktantrik Janata Dal's Sharad Yadav, RJD's Manoj Jha and TMC's Dinesh Trivedi were among those who attended the protest. The leaders raised slogans demanding the restoration of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, resumption of telecom services in the Valley and the immediate release of all political leaders who have been detained. The National Conference, whose leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah are among those detained after the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5, was present too. Karti Chidambaram, who arrived in Delhi from Chennai on Thursday morning, had told reporters at the airport that he would join the protest.
"I have said whatever I have said based on authentic conversation with people who have absolutely no reason to lie. One of the largest armies in the world has reacted to my statement. Let the Indian Army conduct an inquiry and if people are found guilty then the Indian Army should give us an assurance that guilty will be punished."I stand by my statement. There are gross human rights violation happening, there are medical emergencies, people don't have ambulances... " she said.
On August 19, soon after Rashid made her claims about Kashmir, the Indian Army in a statement tore apart her claims."Allegations levelled by Shehla Rashid are baseless and rejected. Such unverified and fake news is spread by inimical elements and organisations to incite unsuspecting population," the Army stated. Rashid had alleged that the Army had tortured Kashmiris and even harassed them by destroying their food supply.