Jammu and Kashmir/ Detained leaders shifted to guesthouse due to severe cold; Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter alleges leaders were beaten up

Srinagar: The 34 leaders detained in Jammu and Kashmir were shifted from a hotel in Srinagar to a government guest house on Sunday due to severe cold. They were detained on 5 August after removal of Article 370.

These leaders also include former Kashmir ministers and MLAs. Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti tweeted that the police beat up the leaders during the shifting. Iltija said that Sajjad Lone, Shah Faisal, and Waheed Para were manhandled. However, the police denied these allegations.

Sajjad Lone’s party says that Lone was beaten up in the name of security checking. While Iltija said, “Is this how you treat elected leaders, why this disrespect? This is the same Waheed Para, who was praised by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for strengthening democracy. This is the same Shah Faisal who topped UPSC and was called the role model of Kashmir. He was once appreciated and now insulted.”

‘Can not guess the plight of others’: Iltija further said, “Sajjad Lone was assaulted. His new prison windows are closed with wood. He was not given heaters. If a man whom Prime Minister Modi described as his younger brother was treated like this, then the plight of others can be gauged.”

Shah Faisal (left) and Sajjad Lone (right)

2.65 crores spent on politicians’ hotel bills: leaders who have been shifted hostels include people from other political parties including National Conference (NC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and People’s Conference. All the politicians were lodged in the Centaur Hotel of the Tourism Development Corporation of India (ITDC). Since August 5, Rs 2.65 crore has been spent on hotel bills of detained politicians.

NC demands to send Farooq and Omar to Parliament: Meanwhile, the National Conference (NC) has demanded from the government that Farooq Abdullah be allowed to attend the Parliament session. Farooq and Omar Abdullah have been in custody for the last 100 days.

On 5 August, the Modi government decided to divide the state into 2 union territories by removing Article 370 and Section 35A which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.