Iltija Mufti detained after trying to visit grandfather’s grave

Srinagar

Iltija Mufti daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday claimed that she had been “detained” at her Gupkar Road residence in Srinagar, reported ThePrint.

According to report, Iltija said she had been detained by her security team, handled by the J&K Police’s Special Security Group, after she informed them of her plans to visit the grave of her grandfather, former J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

“I have been in Kashmir for over a week and I was being allowed to move around only after I informed the security team at our residence about my day plan,” ThePrint quoted Iltija as saying. “Today, when I informed them that I wanted to visit the graveyard of my grandfather, they simply refused permission. When I told them I will inform the media about their decision, they barred the entry and exit points of our home.”

She added that her security team denied her permission citing law and order situation in the Valley. “I was told that I have SSG protection and moving to the graveyard under these circumstances would not be possible,” Iltija said. “On one hand, the government cites law and order situation here to deny me permission and on the other, people of India are told everything is normal in Kashmir. The atmosphere in Kashmir continues to be oppressive.”

Iltija said she had offered to go on her own but that request was also turned down. “I have stopped using the SSG cover when I move around outside Kashmir,” she said. “Here, whenever I visit, I have requested them many times to leave me alone but they won’t listen.” Sayeed’s grave in located in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara area.

“My grandfather’s death anniversary is next week so I wanted to visit the graveyard today,”ThePrint quoted Iltija as saying. “I wasn’t sure if I will be allowed to visit the grave next week so I decided to go there today.”

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