Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday staged a sit-in at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and demanded that the alleged suppression of people and killing of innocent civilians in the Union Territory be stopped immediately. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said she decided to stage a sit-in in Delhi because she was never allowed to register her protest in Kashmir. She said whenever she wanted to protest, she was either put under house arrest or the police would take her away. Hundreds of PDP workers took part in the dharna at Jantar Mantar.

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Speaking to reporters in Delhi on Monday, Mehbooba Mufti alleged, “Kashmir has become a prison where people are not allowed to express their opinion. They (people) are being oppressed since August 2019 and I am surprised.” It is that the government is busy showing everything in the valley with the help of some paid (money-taking) media.” In August 2019, the central government abolished the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated the state into two union territories.

The former chief minister denied the allegation that she questions every action of the police. “Whenever there is an encounter and a terrorist is killed, no one raises questions, but when a civilian is killed, people come on the streets and start questioning,” he said. He had a placard in his hand, which read, “Kashmir is in pain.”

Mufti also spoke on Nagaland

Mehbooba Mufti said, “You saw what happened in Nagaland, where 13 civilians were killed. Immediately an FIR was lodged. Why doesn’t the same thing happen in Kashmir? Though I don’t expect much from that.” That something will emerge out of these investigations, but still, the government seems to be taking action.”

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corruption at its peak

Mufti alleged that corruption is at its peak in Jammu and Kashmir, local residents are being denied jobs and innocent blood is being shed on the streets. Mufti said, “I have come here to tell the people of this country that if they still don’t wake up, the day is not far when the country of (Mahatma) Gandhi and (BR) Ambedkar will be in (Nathuram) Godse’s country. That will change and after that, we will all be helpless.” Several photojournalists urged Mufti to remove her mask for a better picture, but she smiled and replied, “If I remove the mask, I can be immediately booked under UAPA.”