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Curfew Clamped In Budgam To Prevent Son From Paying Tribute To Father: NC

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Opposition National Conference on Wednesday took potshots at the ruling Peoples Democtaric Party (PDP) and accused it of interfering into the religious affairs of Shiite community by imposing curfew in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Curfew in Budgam on Agha Mehdi's death anniversary

It accused the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and the PDP-BJP Government of interfering into the religious affairs by imposing a curfew to prevent a commemorative function to mark the death anniversary of Aga Syed Mehdi.

“The administration was instructed to disallow senior NC Leader and MLA Budgam, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi from presiding over a commemorative function at Imam Bara at Budgam. He was placed under house arrest under the directions of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and a curfew was imposed in the town”, charged NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu.

He said that two close aides of Ms Mufti, including a legislator and an adviser of the Chief Minister, visited Budgam late last night and held secret meetings at the house of one of their political henchmen to prevent the local MLA and Shia leader from participating in his father’s death anniversary function.

“How can this Government prevent an elected representative from visiting the Imam Bara to pay a tribute to this father? What is Mehbooba Mufti’s jurisdiction in misusing the Police and Administration in subverting a political opponent’s democratic rights? If this is how tyrannical Mehbooba Mufti has become at the bare speculation of her taking over as the Chief Minister, one can only dread the fate that awaits our people as and when she actually takes over”, the NC Spokesperson stated.

The NC spokesperson lashed out at the District Administration and the J&K Police for violating their mandate and sacrificing their objectivity to appease the unconstitutional and illegitimate whims of the PDP President – who was personally involved in the decision to prevent the followers of the Aga family from paying a tribute to the departed leaders.

“The police and administration cannot subvert the protocol and rights of an elected MLA because two cronies of the ruling party instructed them to do so on behalf of their party president,” he said.

“They can deny any such illegal and illegitimate orders and they have constitutional and legal protection to uphold the sanctity of their duties. This is absolutely unacceptable and both the District Administration as well as the J&K Police needs to explain its role in this undemocratic exercise, failing which the option of moving the court remains open to the party”.

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