PDP Convention Disallowed In View Of Inputs Of IEDs Being Used To Target Civilians: Police

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday said that it was not ‘advisable’ to hold any public gathering in the high-security Gupkar area of Srinagar amid inputs about ‘vehicle bound IEDs being used to target’ civilians and establishments of armed forces even as it denied placing PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti under house arrest.

PDP youth leaders and workers staged protest after not being allowed to hold a convention in Srinagar on December 12,2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“It was learned that PDP was scheduled to hold a Youth Convention at Fairview, a government bungalow which is also the residence of Ms Mehbooba Mufti, on Gupkar Road,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesman said, “Gathering of at least 1000 people was expected. Given the prevalent COVID situation and larger security implications resulting from allowing such a large number of people and accompanying cars and vehicles into a high-security zone, it was not advisable to allow such a large flow of people and unchecked vehicles.”

He said there are “credible inputs of vehicle bound IEDs being used to target civilians and high-security installations.”

“The Gupkar Road houses high-security buildings of various organizations and security-sensitive establishments and intelligence agencies,” the spokesman said.

He said allowing the large number of vehicles to be parked in this high-security zone would have jeopardized the security in the area.

“It is pertinent to mention that no such gatherings and amassing of vehicles were allowed on the road earlier too,” he said.

“No official residence has been known to have hosted large political rallies on Gupkar Road in the recent past,@ said the spokesman.

“Legal Orders for necessary restrictions on the convention were passed by the Executive Magistrate, South Srinagar keeping in mind the COVID protocol and security sensitiveness of Gupkar zone,” he said, adding, “It is completely incorrect that Ms Mufti is under house arrest.”

However, he said, the local administration had advised PDP to apply for holding this convention in a more open area in view of COVID and security reasons.

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