Independent Langate lawmaker, Er Rasheed was deported back to Srinagar from Banihal when he was on way to Jammu to attend a round table conference to discuss the way forward in resolving Kashmir issue, a spokesperson said.
“In the darkness of night at around 2 am today, a heavy contingent of police stopped Rasheed at Banihal, humiliated him and he was forcibly sent back to Srinagar, without caring for his security,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Terming the police action immoral and illegal, Rasheed condemned the government and said that there is a huge gap between what Government has been claiming and what is being done on the ground.
He said, “While New Delhi offers unconditional dialogue to all the stake holders on one side, but on the other side leaves no stone unturned by destroying the self-respect of people of Jammu and Kashmir and doesn’t even allow people of Jammu to sit together across the table with their Kashmiri counterparts so that they can understand each other’s view point and also try to evolve a consensus as how to find an everlasting resolution to the long pending dispute.”
Rasheed said that it is strange that if government doesn’t allow even people to talk to each other, what could it offer that may match the sentiments and sacrifices of people of state.
“It seems that certain elements from New Delhi to Srinagar are trying to create a wedge between the two regions by trying to polarize the situation and also by encouraging a complete regional and communal divide.”
He reiterated that such dirty and immoral moves will never ever force any patriotic Kashmiri to stop telling the truth and reminded that seeking right to Self Determination is the fundamental right of people of the state, for which they cannot be suppressed by using state machinery against them.
Rasheed said that if authorities had made up their mind not to allow the journey, they should have detained me at Srinagar, rather putting my life to grave security threat during the darkness of midnight.