Leaders of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) for the electoral alliance of several regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir were placed under house arrest on Saturday, January 1, ahead of a planned protest against the draft delimitation recommendation.
Three former chief ministers – Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah – have been locked inside their homes to prevent them from participating in the proposed protests.
The leaders tweeted the information
National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Good morning & welcome to 2022. A new year with the same J&K police illegally locking people in their homes & an administration so terrified of normal democratic activity. Trucks parked outside our gates to scuttle the peaceful JKPAGD sit-in protest. Some things never change.”
According to the news of The Kashmir Wala, while talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), PAGD spokesperson MY Tarigami sarcastically said that this is a New Year gift from the central government. He also claimed that political leaders have been locked inside and outside.
He said, “I don’t even know that I was placed under house arrest. Some cops came and told that you are under arrest.”
Party workers of National Conference and People’s Democratic Party protested the proposal of the Delimitation Commission despite the top leadership being under house arrest. Workers and leaders of the National Conference’s youth wing gathered at the party headquarters to protest.
A senior National Conference leader, Chaudhry Mohammad Ramzan, told reporters that “keeping Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti under house arrest is an unfair decision.”
According to the news published in Cannes, Chaudhry Mohammad Ramzan said, “We are against the proposal of the Delimitation Commission and we condemn the detention of PAGD leaders. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression in a democracy.”