Saturday, June 22, 2024

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti protests arrest of party workers amid polling, claims outgoing calls on her mobile number suspended

Photo: Mubashir Khan, Greater Kashmir

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, on Saturday morning, claimed that outgoing calls on her mobile number have been abruptly suspended without any notification or explanation.

“I am not able to make any calls since morning. There is no explanation for this sudden suspension of services on the day of polling in the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency,” Mehbooba, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, told PTI.

The voting is currently underway in Anantnag-Rajouri,  the Lok Sabha constituency of Mehbooba’s candidature.

The PDP has highlighted the issue in a post on X.

“Just ahead of the polls, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti’s @MehboobaMufti cellular phone service has been abruptly snapped. Yesterday evening and in the early hours today, scores of PDP workers and polling agents were detained across the polling belt, it said.

On Friday, Mehbooba had also complained to the Election Commission that PDP workers and polling agents were being detained by police.

“Many of our PDP polling agents & workers are being detained just before voting. When the families went to the police stations they are being told that it’s being done at the behest of SSP Anantnag & DIG South Kashmir. We’ve written to @ECISVEEP hoping for their timely intervention,” the PDP chief had said in a post on X.

Mehbooba, along with party leaders and workers staged sit-in protest outside a police station in Bijbehara on the polling day. She called the police action against party workers and booth agents “rigging by other means.”

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