Former Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said her party’s youth wing president Waheed Para, who was once hailed as India’s poster boy and was arrested by police last month, was being kept under “inhuman conditions and tortured” to compel him to admit to false charges.
In a series of tweets, the PDP chief said it was “shameful and appalling” and that such actions discredit and bring disrepute to the institutions meant to uphold law and order.
“J&K CID has joined the list of central (Indian) agencies that work to terrorise Kashmiris & falsely implicate them. Waheed is being persecuted & tortured to admit the false allegations. Since an admission didn’t happen he is being kept under inhuman conditions. This investigation has been fraudulent & politically motivated from day one,” she alleged.
“The norm dictating such deceitful investigations is ‘Show me the man & I’ll show you the crime’. Shameful & appalling that these actions discredit & bring disrepute to the institutions meant to uphold law & order,” the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir further alleged.
Para, who was once very close to India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh, was first arrested by the Indian National Investigation Agency on November 25 last year in a case related to his alleged links to the Hizbul Mujahideen insurgent outfit. He was later granted bail by an NIA court on January 9.
However, the PDP youth leader, who won the District Development Council polls held in November-December last year, was arrested by the police shortly after he walked out of a jail in Jammu and continues to remain in custody.
In an apparent reference to Mehbooba’s remarks, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said, “Recent comments about CID investigations in the public domain through social media are unfortunate for two reasons: for being factually incorrect and making CID officers vulnerable to increased threats and enhanced risks.”
“It is also fraught with the risks of adversely influencing the witnesses and the course of investigation. It is factually incorrect that an under investigation person was tortured. CID investigations are done professionally and as per law,” the police claimed in a statement in Jammu.
It said, “The CID is answerable to the courts on all aspects including whether amenities and rights available to a person under custodial investigation and his legal obligations to cooperate in the investigation are being complied.”