Anti-Sabotage operation:11 phones recovered from MLA hostel: Police
Srinagar: In a major
“anti-sabotage” operation, police allegedly “recovered” 11 mobile phones from
MLA hostel where more than 34 political prisoners have been lodged.
“It was an
anti-sabotage check and we have recovered 11 phones”, Munir Ahmad Khan,
additional director general of police, Security, Law &Order, told The
The followed the inputs that mobile phones might have been
smuggled into the MLA hostel, which has been designated as sub jail.
On Sunday, at least 34 political prisoners were shifted from
Centaur hotel to MLA hostel. Those shifted include Sajad Lone of People’s
Conference, Ali Mohammad Sagar of National Conference, Naeem Akhtar of PDP and
former IAS officer turned politician Shah Faesal.
The anti-sabotage operation has stoked a fresh controversy
with Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti claiming the detainees was again
manhandled at the MLA hostel.
manhandling detainees wasn’t enough J&K police on ADGs orders has raided
MLA hostel, Srinagar today & subjected detainees to humiliating frisking
& checking. One assumes, certain J&K police officers drunk on newfound
power are doing this to settle political scores…Want to bring this to the
attention of @HMOIndia @PMOIndia .Political detainees for reasons best known to
state admin & JK police are living in squalor & are now being harassed
on a daily basis,” she tweeted.
She said they are being treated worse than hardened
criminals. “..Today, a detainee’s 3 year old infant son was nearly strip
searched & this resulted in an altercation between political detainees
& JK police. Request @PMOIndia to personally look into this and take stock
of the situation,” she tweeted.
On Wednesday, cries of `ghost house’ resonated as relatives
met caged politicians for the first time at the new detention center of MLA
“MLA hostel has been
turned into ghost-house. There is complete darkness with no facilities,” Aaliya
Bano, sister of Muzaffar Shah of Awami National Conference, told reporters on
Shehriyar Khanum, daughter of former minister and PDP leader
Naeem Akhtar, said this is a defunct building which lacks basic facilities.
“There should be a hygienic place for these leaders. Toilets are in bad shape.
There are no heating arrangements and no proper lighting system,” she said