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How will you protect EU delegation: Mehbooba in home detention, stopped from visiting kin of youth killed in contested Srinagar encounter

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday slammed New Delhi, asking the Narendra Modi government how it will protect a European Union delegation that is scheduled to visit Kashmir ‘for a guided tour’ in the coming week.

Her remarks came as she was allegedly stopped by her security guards from leaving her home to visit the family of one of the teenagers slain in a contested encounter in Srinagar last December. 

This morning, the People’s Democratic Party Chief, posted a video on her twitter, showing her in a conversation with two people from her security detail. In the video, Mehbooba is seen asking the policemen that under which law she is being prevented from moving out of her residence on the Gupkar road in Srinagar for going to South Kashmir’s Pulwama district to meet the family of Athar Mushtaq, killed in the contested encounter with the government forces, on the outskirts of Srinagar on December 30, 2020.

In a video tweeted by Mehbooba, she is seen arguing with a security officer at the gate of her residence asking reasons for stopping her from moving out. “Show me the cause of my detention, where are the papers. How will you protect the visiting EU delegation when you are telling me that my security make get compromised if I venture out,” she is heard telling the policemen, as a posse of policewomen stand at the gate of her garrisoned residence. 

“Placed under house arrest as usual for trying to visit family of Athar Mushtaq, killed allegedly in a fake encounter. His father was booked under UAPA for demanding his dead body. This is normalcy GOI wants to showcase to the EU delegation visiting Kashmir,” Mufti tweeted.

Three persons, Aejaz Ganai from Pulwama, Zubair Lone from Shopian and Athar Mushtaq from Pulwama were killed in an encounter at Lawaypora in Srinagar. The Indian Army claimed they were repeatedly given a chance to surrender which they did not do and instead fired at the government forces and threw grenades.

The families of those killed have been contesting the version of the forces, stating that their sons are not militants. They have been demanding that the bodies of the deceased be returned.

The local police have also said that the trio were not on their list of militants.

“This reign of suppression and terror in Kashmir is the unvarnished and unpalatable truth that GOI wants to hide from the rest of the country. A 16 year old is killed & then hurriedly buried denying his family the right and chance to perform his last rites,” Mehbooba, who ran Kashmir government along with Modi’s BJP, said.

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