Mehbooba Mufti says cops stopped her from visiting Pattan, police reject ‘house arrest’ claim | India News

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SRINAGAR: Rejecting former chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s claim that she was “under house arrest”, J&K police on Wednesday said she was free to visit the Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Mehbooba had accused police of preventing her from visiting Pattan for a worker’s wedding as Union home minister Amit Shah was visiting the state.
“While HM is going around Kashmir beating drums of normalcy, I am under house arrest for simply wanting to visit Pattan for a worker’s wedding. If an ex-CM’s fundamental rights can be suspended so easily, one cant even imagine the plight of a commoner (sic),” she tweeted and shared a picture of the locked main gate.
Responding to the charge, Srinagar police said no travel restriction had been imposed on her and the picture she had tweeted was of the inside.
The PDP chief countered the police claim and said in a twitter post that she had been asked by Baramulla SP the previous night that she would not be permitted to travel to Pattan. “Today @JmuKmrPolice have themselves locked my gates from inside & are now lying through their teeth. Sad that law enforcement agencies are brazenly trying to cover up their tracks,” she said.
Hitting back, Srinagar police reiterated that she was free to go and said an official message had already been sent in this regard from PCR Kashmir. “There were certain security related inputs that were conveyed to you before planning the visit, as is routine. If you still don’t want to visit, we can’t help it, madam,” police tweeted.



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