Jammu & Kashmir: Police Denies Claims About Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti’s House Arrest


New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday refuted a claim by the National Conference that its president Farooq Abdullah was placed under house arrest, hours after chairing a meeting at the party headquarters in Srinagar, news agency PTI reported.

“There is fake news going that some NC and PDP leaders have been placed under house arrest in Gupkar Road. This news is completely baseless,” PTI quoted a police spokesman as saying.

The policeman was referring to the claims made by the National Conference, including its vice president Omar Abdullah, that Farooq Abdullah, Lok Sabha member from Srinagar, was put under house arrest.

“It seems they have to place this truck outside the gate out of some compulsion because it’s a senseless act (aside from being totally illegal). He went to the office, went for Namaz, went for a condolence visit. The truck arrived after he had nowhere else to go today. Fools!!” Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

“Dr Farooq Abdullah has been placed under house arrest after returning from Nawai-Subha where he had earlier presided over a meeting and said ‘We will peacefully fight for our RIGHTS that were illegally, unconstitutionally and undemocratically snatched from us on August 5, 2019’,” he wrote.

However, Jammu and Kashmir Police said that additional security personnel were deployed at certain places on Gupkar Road in view of “certain inputs of a terror attack”.

“Ms Mehbooba Mufti visited her party headquarters around noon time and Dr Farooq Abdullah visited Hazratbal shrine and his friend in Shalimar in the afternoon. Media friends are advised to verify news from authorities before circulating (them). JKP is a fully professional police force and is well aware of its duties,” the official further said.

The police spokesman also posted latest photographs from outside the residences of Abdullah and Mufti showing no security vehicles.