The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed that its three senior leaders have been detained on Monday, December 21, a day earlier than the counting of votes within the District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir. Taking to Twitter, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti mentioned three senior leaders of the celebration — Sartaj Madni, Mansoor Hussain and Naeem Akhtar – have been “arbitrarily detained”.
While Madni and Hussain have been detained earlier within the day, Akhtar was taken into custody late within the night.
However, officers right here neither confirmed nor denied the detention of the PDP leaders.
Mehbooba mentioned, “Total lawlessness as PDP’s Sartaj Madni & Mansoor Hussain have been arbitrarily detained today on the eve of DDC election results.
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Every senior police officer here is clueless as it is ‘upar say order’. No rule of law in J&K anymore. It is out & out Gunda Raj.”
Madni, a former deputy speaker of the erstwhile meeting of Jammu and Kashmir, can also be Mehbooba’s uncle, whereas Hussain is a former MLA. Both the leaders are from south Kashmir.
In one other tweet this night, Mehbooba mentioned Akhtar was “abducted by J&K police & is being taken to MLA hostel”. She added democracy was “being murdered” in J-Ok.
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“J&K admin is on an arrest spree today. PDP’s Nayeem Akhtar too has been abducted by J&K police & is being taken to MLA hostel. Looks like BJP is planning to manipulate DDC results tomorrow & don’t want any resistance. Democracy is being murdered in J&K,” the previous chief minister mentioned, tagging the UT’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and police in her tweet.
The first-ever DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir have been held in eight phases and authorities have put in place all preparations for counting of votes on Tuesday.
(With PTI Inputs)