SRINAGAR:  In an interesting twist to the ongoing arrests and house arrests in Kashmir, a politician’s home was robbed as his family was managing him at home in custody in Srinagar. The burglary was reported from the Hanjura residence of Ghulam Nabi Lone, former chairman of the now-dead Jammu and Kashmir legislative council.

Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura

“Security from our home was withdrawn on August 4,” Lone’s son, advocate Muzaffar Nabi Lone, told Kashmir Life. “We were in Tulsibagh and we were informed on the phone that the CRPF that was guarding us in Hanjura for the last 25 years has withdrawn.”

As the new situation emerged, the hones were silent and the movement was restricted and the former minister was put under home custody, Lone Junior said they could not move to see what happened to their home. A month later, however, they started visiting once a week. “Our relatives and neighbours would suggest us against staying there given the situation,” Lone said.

Last week, when he and his mother visited their home, he alleged they found their home’s most of the insider doors broken. “Lot many things have been stolen away and we are yet to make the assessment of the loss,” Muzaffar said. “We have already registered a case in the Chadoora police station.”

The lawyer said that thieves have broken into all the rooms including that of his grandfather, Ghulam Mohammad Lone, who also was a member of the legislative council. Lone a member of Jammu and Kashmir’s constituent assembly also lives with his son in Tulsibagh.

Muzaffar said that he had made a representation to the government that they should permit my father to stay in house custody at Hanjura so that the family could go home and stay there but it has not been acceded to. “I do not know why our life, property and liberty is at stake,” he said. “I had told the government that we will abide by the rules.”

Efforts to get the status of the investigations failed to materialise.


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