Srinagar, Jan 2:
Iltija Mufti, daughter of incarcerated former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti,
was Thursday allegedly detained in her house after she attempted to visit her
grandfather Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s mausoleum ahead of his fourth death
Two time chief
minister and former union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away on
January 7, 2016 after brief illness at All India Institute of Medical
Sciences. He was buried at his hometown
of Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
president and other party leaders are detained, Iltija said she wanted to offer
prayers at her grandfather’s graveyard on Thursday.
officials deputed at our Gupkar residence didn’t allow me to step out. When I
asked officials that I will hire a car, they did not allow me and ultimately
detained me at my residence,” she said.
Iltija noted that
she has been constantly urging the administration to withdraw her security
cover. “If Section 144 is not imposed then why I am supposed to take permission
from the security officials every time?” she asked.
Iltija said the
gates of her residence were closed when she told the officials that she would
address the media. “I could have possibly stayed at my grandfather’s graveyard
for five to six minutes. Why did they disallow me? Was I going to organize any
stone pelting in Bijbehara?” she asked.
Director General of Police (ADGP) Law and Order and Security Munir Ahmad Khan
said Iltija is a Special Security Group (SSG) protected person and she is
required to follow a protocol.
persons are supposed to intimate us about any visit 72 hours before as proper
security drill requires to be followed. The area too requires to be sanitized.
Can all these things be done in just one or two hours?” he asked.
Khan said in case she wanted to visit
Bijbehara, she had to get clearance from Deputy Commissioner.
said the situation in Kashmir has “worsened” after rumours spread that
administration is creating a new division in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The situation is
south Kashmir is very tense. Imposing curfew and bringing army on streets is
not a solution to maintain peace in the valley,” she said.
Iltija said the government has no plans to
release three detained former chief ministers. “They only release few people.
But all of the detainees deserve to return home,” she said.
accused the government for “crushing economy of Kashmir” by internet gag. “SMS
has not been restored yet fully. People are being fed with lies outside
Kashmir,” she said.