A youth convention of the Peoples Democratic Party scheduled to be held at Mehbooba Mufti’s official residence Fairview, ar the Gupkar Road in Srinagar, was not allowed by the government by imposing security restrictions.

Former Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti issued a video statement early in the morning claiming that she has been put under house arrest and the convention not allowed. She said the government was afraid of the strength of her party.

Mehbooba also questioned how Covid protocol used against her party while all other parties are holding large gatherings across Jammu and Kashmir.

PDP workers holding protest against the government

The government has issued a statement which claims security concerns and adverse intelligence inputs of sabotage as major reasons behind the decision

Here is the full text of the government statement

It was learnt that PDP was scheduled to hold a Youth Convention at Fairview, a government bungalow which is also the residence of Ms Mehbooba Mufti, on Gupkar Road. Gathering of at least 1000 people was expected.

Given the prevalent Covid situation and larger security implications resulting from allowing such a large number of people and accompanying cars and vehicles into a high security zone, it was not advisable to allow such a large flow of people and unchecked vehicles.

There are credible inputs of vehicle bound IEDs being used to target civilians and high security installations. The Gupkar Road houses high security buildings of various organisations and security sensitive establishments and intelligence agencies. Allowing large number of vehicles to be parked in this high security zone would have jeopardised the security in the area. It is pertinent to mention that no such gatherings and amassing of vehicles were allowed on the road earlier too. Moreover no official residence has been known to have hosted large political rallies on Gupkar Road in the recent past. Legal Orders for necessary restrictions on the convention were passed by the Executive Magistrate, South Srinagar keeping in mind the COVID protocol and security sensitiveness of Gupkar zone. It is completely incorrect that Ms. Mufti is under house arrest. However, local administration had advised PDP to apply for holding this convention in a more open area in view of Covid-19 and security reasons.

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