Mehbooba Mufti’s New Residence ‘Not Safe’: Report

SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s new residence in Khimber area on the outskirts of Srinagar could not get “security clearance” from the special Security Wing of the J&K Police, reported The Hindu.

According to the official communications of the Security Wing of the J&K Police, the location where Mufti has moved could not fulfil the ‘security clearance’ parameters.

The J&K Police assess security of all senior politicians in Jammu and Kashmir. A security clearance is based on the assessment of threat perception and vulnerability of the area.

Quoting sources newspaper The Hindu reported that Mufti’s new residence, located 16 km from her earlier official residence, Fair View, in the high-security zone of Gupkar, has long desolate stretches up to the house located on the hill slope with sparse population around. The house also has a vast forest area in the background.

Mufti along with her daughter and mother, also wife of former Union home minister and ex-J&K chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, shifted to her sister’s house in Khimber on November 30 this year.

The Lieutenant Governor’s administration in October this year warned to invoke provisions under Section (2) of Section 5 of the J&K Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorised occupants), 1988 in case Mufti and her family fail to leave the Fair View, where the Muftis were stationed since 2005 when late Mufti Sayeed was J&K’s chief minister.

The Fair View bungalow would oversee the Dal lake and had a forest range against the backdrop. After J&K was reduced to a Union Territory (U.T.) in 2019, ex-CMs were no longer offered rent-free residential accommodation under the new laws.

After the eviction notice, the L-G administration offered Mufti M5 Quarter in the high security zone of Srinagar’s Tulsi Bagh area, where bureaucrats, ex-ministers and politicians live at present. However, Mufti found the allotted quarter “in dilapidated conditions and unlivable”.

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