30 political detainees in Srinagar moved amid claims of manhandling

The detainees being moved in Srinagar on Sunday. (PTI)

NUMBERING over 30, all the mainstream political leaders kept under detention at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar since August 5 were on Sunday afternoon moved to the MLA hostel within the city, amid allegations of manhandling by police.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed that the hostel wasn’t equipped with heating facilities, the reason unofficially given for shifting the detainees. This led to protests, after which some leaders were allegedly roughed up. People’s Conference (PC) claimed its chairman Sajad Lone had been “manhandled and misbehaved with” under the pretext of security checking.

While District Magistrate Srinagar Shahid Chaudhary didn’t respond to calls, SSP, Security, Kashmir Imtiyaz Hussain denied the claims. “There are some mandatory drills which need to be followed… We followed those. Nothing of this sort happened,” he told The Indian Express. He later reiterated the same on Twitter.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti tweeted that Lone, senior PDP leader Waheed Para and chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement Shah Faesal were manhandled.

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Claiming that “new jail windows are blocked with wood, (it) lacks heaters & has surveillance jammers”, Iltija, who uses Mehbooba’s…

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