Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Civilians killed in Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti prevented from visiting site, put under house arrest

Days after three civilians picked by the army for questioning were found dead in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, former chief minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti was placed under house arrest on Monday to prevent her from visiting Surankote.

Three out of the eight civilians detained by security forces on Friday morning for questioning regarding a militant ambush the previous day on two Army vehicles in J&K’s Poonch district were found dead in the Topa Pir area that night.

Family members and political leaders in the region claimed that the three were fatally beaten by the Indian army.

Subsequently, a video depicting Army personnel stripping Kashmiris, applying chilli powder on them, and subjecting them to brutal beatings has gone viral on social media.

On Sunday, Mufti had taken to X and said that the “ground reality” punctured the narrative of peace in Jammu and Kashmir. “Five jawans martyred in a militant ambush, three innocent civilians tortured to death in custody by Army, many still battling for their lives in hospitals and now a retired SP killed. Innocent people have become collateral damage to maintain the facade of normalcy touted by GOI,” she said.

“Every life in J&K is in peril and GOI wants to brush everything under the carpet only because the ground reality will puncture their fake narrative,” Mufti added. “How long will this go on before the country wakes up?”

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