Mehbooba Mufti under house arrest in Srinagar, claims PDP

Mehbooba Mufti

The Peoples Democratic Party alleged that its supremo and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was on put under house arrest to prevent her from visiting Anantnag to meet the family of a youth who was killed in cross-firing between security forces and militants last week.

According to the PDP leader, the police have locked the main gate of Mehbooba’s house.

A police official told PTI news agency that Mufti was not allowed to visit Anantnag due to security reasons.

Shahid Ahmad was shot dead after being caught in the “cross-fire” just outside the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Babapora village in Shopian district on October 24.

Speaking to Maktoob, Aijaz Ahmad Rather, father of 19 year old said that it was a “targetted killing.”

Speaking to Maktoob, Aijaz Ahmad Rather, father of 19 year old said that it was a “targetted killing.”

“It was a targeted killing,” Gul Mohammad Wani, uncle of the slain told Maktoob while breaking in commotion. “They shot him in broad daylight. If it has happened with us it can happen to anyone. They have adopted a new tactic of killing unarmed civilians and brandishing them as militants. We can’t take revenge instead demand justice.”

Shahid was the sole bread-earner of the family comprising of father, mother, grandmother and four siblings. Besides, he was a class 12 student at Boys Higher Secondary School Arwani – 2 kilometres away from the home.

Mehbooba Mufti was to visit the family of slain youth Shahid in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. She wanted to offer her condolences to the bereaved family, but was not allowed to move out of her residence, the party leader told PTI.

Mehbooba was put under house arrest at her Fairview residence in Gupkar locality of Srinagar and not allowed to move out, the PDP leader claimed.

Shahid’s death had evoked strong reactions from mainstream political parties in the Valley and they had demanded a probe into it.