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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Alleges Harassment by India’s Special Security Groups

© AP Photo / Mukhtar KhanJammu and Kashmir state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti speaks during an Independence Day parade in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017
Jammu and Kashmir state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti speaks during an Independence Day parade in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): Around 500 political leaders were detained as a precautionary measure in Jammu and Kashmir after the government revoked its special status. Anticipating protests and provocations at the hands of state politicians, many of them have been kept in their houses or guest houses.

Former Jammu and Kashmir state chief Mehbooba Mufti – who has been under house arrest since last August, and forbidden from meeting anyone or going anywhere as part of the political curbs imposed in the newly formed union territory administered by the Government of India – has claimed harassment by security forces.

Mufti, who is also the chief of the Peoples Democratic Party, through Twitter has alleged that she was harassed by the Special Security Groups (SSG), which report to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

She also mentioned being monitored by the SSG, Crime Investigation Department (CID) and Intelligence Bureau (IB).

​With no Internet connection in the Valley, Mufti’s Twitter account is handled by her daughter Iltija Mufti who took over Mufti’s account on the 46th day of her detention. She often criticises the government for its actions in Kashmir.

In December, the government had ordered the release of five politicians from detention.

Ghulam Nabi Bhat and Ishfaq Jabbar of National Conference (NC), Zahoor Mir and Yashir Reshi of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bashir Mir of Congress party were reportedly released.

Indian parliament revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August and divided it into two federally-administered territories. Mobile phones services were blocked in the region, and are being restored in phases. Presently, there are no prepaid mobile or internet services but postpaid calls, broadband internet and SMS services are now available.

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