Srinagar, Nov 15: Ending speculations, detained Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti was shifted from Cheshmashahi
hut to a ministerial bungalow at Moulana Azad Road Srinagar on Friday.
The development comes 10 days after her daughter Iltija
Mufti tweeted a letter she had written to district development commissioner
Srinagar urging him to shift her to “suitable location” in view of her falling
“As you are aware, my mother Ms Mehbooba Mufti, former CM of
J&K has been jailed since August 5. A doctor recently ran multiple tests on
her as she wasn’t keeping well. As per those tests, her Vitamin D3, haemoglobin
and calcium levels are low,” Iltija had written in her letter.
Waking up to Mehbooba’s falling health, J&K government
decided to shift her to a location equipped with proper heating arrangements.
Earlier, there were speculations that she might be shifted
However, on Friday government bit the bullet and shifted her
to a new location in Srinagar. “The
Cheshmashahi hut where she was under detention is not equipped with adequate
heating arrangements. She has been shifted to a posh bungalow which served as
an official residence of former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh. It is
equipped with adequate heating arrangements,” a source said.
Mehbooba was detained few hours before Centre abrogated
Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two union territories on August 5.
The PDP chief earlier refused to meet her party leaders last
month fearing it might be projected as normalcy by Centre.
Mehbooba is among three former chief ministers including
Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, who have been jailed since August 5. While
Farooq, who was slapped with Public Safety Act, has been detained in his home,
Omar is lodged at Hari Niwas guest house, which has been designated as sub
Government has also decided to shift political detainees
from Centaur Hotel to a private hotel at Shivpora Sonawar.