J&K Police has rebutted claims made by Mehbooba Mufti's daughter on 'manhandling' while moving the politicians to a government accommodation in Srinagar. 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 because of the dropping temperature in the valley. In retaliation to the charges leveled by Mufti's daughter, J&K Police clarified that "no such incident has taken place." Further adding that mandatory security drills were followed as a prerequisite for lodgment.
Apropos some twitter handle claiming manhandling of some people at MLA hostel Srinagar,it is hereby clarified that no such incident has taken place. Mandatory security drills were followed as required for lodgement.— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) November 17, 2019
In a series of tweets, Mufti accused the Centre of physically abusing the mainstream politicians by 'frisking and asking to be undressed', including Sajad Lone, who "PM Modi called his younger brother." PDP chief's daughter said, "Manhandling started when Sajad Lone was repeatedly frisked & asked to undress. New jail windows are blocked with wood, lacks heaters and have surveillance jammers. If a man who PM Modi called his younger brother is being humiliated like this, imagine the plight of others."
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."
"The same Waheed Para whose work for strengthening democracy in J&K was lauded by former Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. The very same Shah Faesal was called Kashmir’s role model when he topped the UPSC exam. Once appreciated & now humiliated. Why?" she added.
Mainstream 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.
According to the officials privy to the development, Centaur Hotel, owned by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), has submitted a bill of Rs 2.65 crore to the home department for 90 days of boarding and lodging of the detainees. The administration has, however, rejected the claims of Centaur Hotel and argued that the facility was converted into a subsidiary jail on August 5 and therefore, government rates would be paid. The rates sanctioned by the administration would be around Rs 800 per day as against Rs 5,000 charged by the hotel, the officials said.
(With PTI inputs)