New Delhi: Days after suspected militant’s sister and her husband was allegedly beaten up by the police in Pulwama district, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, said that she won’t allow bloodshed in the valley. She made this remark after meeting family members of the suspected militant on Sunday.
“Questions harassment of militant families while travelling to the interiors in Pulwama, a day after encounter. Won’t allow bloodshed and making South Kashmir a battleground,” Mufti tweeted.
“Visited Patipora Pulwama where Rubina (whose brother happens to be a militant) was along with her husband and brother beat mercilessly in police custody. The severe nature of her injuries has left her bedridden,” she added.
She also urged the Jammu and Kashmir governor to take action against the culprits. “Urge the @jandkgovernor to initiate action and prevent such incidents in the future. If harassment of families of militants isn’t stopped, it will have consequences leading to further alienation in the valley,” the tweet read.
According to media reports, Rubina, her husband, and brother were brutally beaten up by station house officer (SHO).
Notably, Jammu and Kashmir are under the president rule. Governor’s rule was imposed when the BJP withdrew its 25 legislators from its coalition with the PDP, reducing the latter to a minority. Due to the special status enjoyed of J-K, Article 356 cannot be invoked to impose President’s Rule. As per section 92 of J-K constitution, the state is placed under Governor’s rule for the first six months and it can be followed up with President’s rule after that, thus extending the Centre’s rule.
In November, Governor Satyapal Malik had abruptly dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly after the PDP staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival National Conference and the Congress, followed by another bid from the two-member People’s Conference which claimed the support of the BJP and 18 legislators from other parties.