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Jammu and Kashmir: Omar Abdullah claims his family has been locked up in their homes

"They have locked my sister and her kids in their home as well," he said

OPINION: Omar Abdullah’s detention a gross violation of his Constitutional rights [File] Omar Abdullah | Umer Asif

PDP president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had alleged on Saturday that she was barred from visiting the family of Athar Mushtaq, who was allegedly killed in an encounter in Srinagar in December. Now, NC vice president Omar Abdullah has tweeted he, his father and sister have been locked up in their homes without any explanation.

“This is the “naya/new J&K” after Aug 2019. We get locked up in our homes with no explanation. It is bad enough that they have locked my father [a sitting MP] and me in our home, they have locked my sister and her kids in their home as well," Omar tweeted. Omar also posted the picture of a police vehicle outside his father Farooq Abdullah’s home at Gupkar Road. 

The NC vice president had shifted to Farooq Abdullah’s home after the government asked him to vacate the official residence at Gupkar Road a few blocks away from his father’s home. Omar had pleaded with the authorities that he be allowed to remain in the house due to security threats, but his request was not heeded.    

Yesterday, Mufti had uploaded a video on Twitter handle where she could be heard asking the authorities for the reason why she was not allowed to meet Mushtaq’s family. She had earlier alleged that the police had booked Athar’s father, Mushtaq Wani, for allegedly demanding the body of his son. 

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