Srinagar, August 16: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti has written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the restrictions on the people in Kashmir Valley.
In the letter, she said that while the country was celebrating Independence Day, Kashmiri people were being “caged like animals” and “deprived of basic human rights”.
Iltija Mufti also said that visitors were not allowed to meet her and called it “odd” since she was not affiliated to any political party.
She also said she was informed by security personnel that she had been detained because of her interviews to media, and was “threatened with dire consequences”.
“I’d be most obliged if you could kindly throw light on the laws under which I’ve been detained and for how long,” Iltija Mufti told Amit Shah.
“Do I need to seek legal recourse?” Iltija Mufti concluded saying it was “suffocating and humiliating” to be treated in this manner “for stating the inconvenient truth”.
At the end, Iltija said that she has not posted the letter as Postal services are suspended.
Kashmir remained shut for the 12th consecutive day on Friday, even as the authorities relaxed restrictions on the movement of people in Srinagar.
“Restrictions on the movement of people have been eased in most parts of the Valley. The situation so far has remained peaceful,” a senior official of the state administration said here.
He said while the deployment of security forces on the ground remains as earlier, people were allowed to move around the city and other towns.
Kashmir was placed a under a total clampdown on August 5, hours before Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced in the Rajya Sabha that the special status for the state had been revoked.