Recent arrest spree in J&Okay; Omar Abdullah accuse govt of facilitating horse-trading

SRINAGARJammu and Kashmir police have, as soon as once more, gone on arrest spree. In previous one week, about 100 political activists have been taken into ‘preventive custody’ throughout the Union Territory and, as per official sources, a few of them could also be formally detained below the stringent Public Security Act (PSA) to “forestall breach of peace”.

The police started taking opposition political leaders and activists into ‘preventive custody’ on December 21, a day earlier than the counting of votes within the not too long ago held District Improvement Council (DDC) elections within the UT. Among the many first apprehended included senior Individuals’s Democratic Occasion (PDP) chief and former minister Naeem Akhtar and two different former lawmakers Muhammad Sartaj Madni and Mansoor Hussain.


Although the authorities refused to provide out the precise variety of the detainees, unofficial sources put the quantity at 75 to 100. They embrace second-rung leaders and activists primarily of PDP and Nationwide Convention (NC)-two major constituents of opposition events’ amalgam ‘Individuals’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) and people of separatists organizations, primarily Jamaat-e-Islami.

The official sources mentioned that “undesirable” political activists, separatist leaders and Over Floor Employees (OGWs) of militants are being taken into preventive detention and a few of them are prone to be booked below the PSA to forestall “breach of peace”.


However the NC has alleged that the arrest of mainstream political activists is to make horse-trading of elected DDC members straightforward. NC vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah accused the J&Okay administration led by Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, of (mis)utilizing police to drive the profitable candidates of PAGD to hitch Jammu and Kashmir Apni Occasion (JKAP), which he known as ‘B-Staff’ of the BJP.

“On one hand, Prime Minister, Narendera Modi, and J-Okay LG Manoj Sinha boasts on DDC polls and declare democracy has received, however alternatively, democracy is being discredited,” he mentioned whereas addressing a press convention right here on Saturday.


Flanked by occasion normal secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar and provincial president (Kashmir) Nasir Aslam Wani, Mr. Abdullah performed a purported name recording through which the husband of a girl DDC candidate particularly Yasmeena Jan who was elected from Imam Sahab phase of southern Shopian on NC ticket may very well be heard admitting to a different individual how he made his spouse be part of Apni Occasion in lieu of getting her brother launched from detention. “I swear within the title of God and his Messenger, Altaf Bukhari (chief of the JKAP) has promised that Farooq will likely be launched inside three days.”


Mr. Abdullah alleged, “Successful candidates of PAGD are being threatened, humiliated and coerced to hitch Apni Occasion, which is a B-team of BJP”. He mentioned, “I don’t know the explanations on whose command this all is being finished.”

Earlier he had whereas tweeting {a photograph} displaying Ms. Jan and two different new entrants with Mr. Bukhari on the time of their becoming a member of the JKAP and a screenshot of official doc declaring her a winner on NC’s image plough, Mr. Abdullah had mentioned, “This explains why our leaders in Shopian district are being put below ‘preventive arrest’ by the police. J&Okay police & the administration are facilitating horse buying and selling & defections. The lady proven right here becoming a member of the BJP’s B-team contested & received elections on a NC mandate.”


JKAP chief and Srinagar’s Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu whereas reacting to the allegation wrote on micro-blogging web site that when NC vp “tweets an image of a feminine DDC member becoming a member of our occasion and captions it as her becoming a member of ‘BJP’s B-Staff’, he’s consciously portray a cross on her head.” He added, “For years this focused branding of political employees has led to murders…It is a aware, deliberate try to intimidate these DDC members who wish to train their free will.”

Nonetheless, reiterating the cost, the NC chief mentioned at his press convention that everybody together with Mr. Sinha, BJP leaders together with its spokesman and even Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, are beating the drums that democracy has received in J&Okay by way of DDC polls. He requested, “Why then the identical democracy is being discredited by the administration which is utilizing police to drive the profitable candidates to modify sides and be part of Apni Occasion.” He mentioned that maybe this was being finished to alter the decision of DDC elections. He cautioned, “This fashion democracy is being murdered in J&Okay. I’m wondering if Parliament has anti-defection legislation, and the Meeting too has it, why the identical is just not being carried out with regard to DDCs in J&Okay and people switching sides being disqualified.”


He asserted that the decision of DDC elections was “loud and clear” that stripping J&Okay of its particular standing and splitting it up into two UTs “isn’t acceptable to majority of individuals of J&Okay”. He added, “I don’t declare 100 % individuals are with us however sure, majority have voted in opposition to August 5, 2019 choice.”

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