Stopped from visiting ‘illegal sand-mining’ sites: Mehbooba

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/22/2020 11:02:02 AM

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SRINAGAR, Nov 21: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday claimed that she was stopped by the police from visiting Rambiara Nalla in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. She claimed that sand extraction through illegal tenders was being carried out in the area and lashed out at the administration alleging that Jammu and Kashmir has been turned into “an open air prison”.
Taking to Twitter, Mufti lashed out at the Centre, saying while Jammu and Kashmir’s resources are being plundered, the government of India has “nothing but contempt for us”.
In another tweet she wrote, “I was stopped from visiting Rambiara Nalla today by local admin. This is where sand extraction through illegal tenders has been outsourced to outsiders & locals are barred from the area. Our land & resources are being plundered by GOI that has nothing but contempt for us.”
Alleging violation of rights by Centre, Mufti said in a subsequent tweet, “This is their warped idea of Naya Kashmir. Sand mafia is operating in broad daylight yet we are expected to remain quiet. As a leader, it’s my responsibility to articulate these grievances. But BJP is brazenly violating my rights & curbing my movements under guise of ‘security’.”
She also alleged that Jammu and Kashmir has been turned into an open air prison.
Mufti, who was recently released from detention, formed an alliance of regional parties called Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).
The PDP chief alleged that the BJP was brazenly violating her rights and curbing her movements under the guise of security. The former chief minister of the erstwhile state said she would fight tooth and nail against the onslaught on the rights and identity of the people.
Mufti on Saturday also accused the Centre of "sabotaging" the participation of political parties other than the BJP in the District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir by not allowing them to campaign freely. Police have said the candidates were being provided collective security and put up in secure areas as deploying security personnel for every candidate was difficult.
Mehbooba termed the Congress party’s “nervousness” to speak up on Article 370 as “unfortunate” even as she accused the government of leaving the people to fend for themselves in the “Naya Kashmir which BJP wants to build.”
“Unfortunately, after August 2019, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is going from bad to worse. Nobody is there to care for people. I visited Pulwama and wanted to go to Rambi Ara Nallah where an outsider is illegally extracting sand and Bajree and the locals who under the burden of loan are dying with no means of earnings,” Mehbboba told reporters on the sidelines of her visit to Annatnag.
“Every person is worried. The power scenario is worse, roads are destroyed and nobody is here to address these issues. Time and again government of India and BJP talks about making Naya Kashmir but our old Kashmir was far better that it and we want that the old Kashmir be returned to us,” she said.



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