Mehbooba Detained In Delhi During Protest Against Anti-Encroachment Drive

Former J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti outside the Rail Bhawan in New Delhi protesting against anti-encroachment drive in Kashmir. She was not allowed to march to Parliament on Wednesday. Photo credit: The Greater Kashmir.

India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI—Delhi police today foiled former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s Parliament march against the anti-encroachment drive.

Police detained Mehooba Mufti when she staged a protest near Rail Bhawan against the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in Jammu and Kashmir. 

She had planned to take out a protest march from Rail Bhawan to Parliament against the anti-encroachment drive. However, a large posse of Delhi police immediately swung into action and detained Mehbooba. 

“Why can’t we go to Parliament? Whom should we petition? We want our grievances should be heard and that is why we travelled to Delhi,” she said.

Earlier on Monday, Mehbooba said the anti-encroachment drive in Jammu and Kashmir is being used as a “weapon to suppress the people”.

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PDP chief said the government is trying to divert attention from the main issue of statehood, restoration of Article 370, and other things. “We want a complete solution to the Kashmir issue,” she said.

She alleged that the Modi government has doled out 45,000 hectares of land to a conman, while people in Jammu and Kashmir are being thrown out of their homes.

“Bulldozers are being used to demolish the houses of poor people, who have been living there for ages. Their land is being taken by the government saying they had illegally occupied it. The government is not talking about the conman, who has been given 45,000 hectares of land,” said Mehbooba.

She appealed to leaders of opposition parties to raise their voices in support of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who allegedly are suffering at the hands of the government.

Mehbooba said the government is not taking action against China which has occupied a 20000 sqkm area but rendering its own people homeless.

Mehbooba asserted that the demolition drive has been started because Rahul Gandhi had a successful rally. “It is vengeance, ” she said.

Earlier in its monthly newsletter, ‘Speak Up’, released on Sunday, PDP said that in the past three years “the only reforms we have received from the Centre are land laws because for GOI (Government of India) it will always be about the land”.

“Even Ladakhis that were happy with the abrogation (of Article 370) are feeling buyer’s remorse as they realize they’ve been duped by GOI. For over a year now, they have been demanding statehood and special status as per the 6th schedule. Prior to the abrogation, Ladakhis had precedence over government jobs and land ownership rights. Their leaders have also finally acknowledged that they were much better off as a part of J-K,” the party said.


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