Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday visited the sister of a suspected terrorist and her husband, who were allegedly beaten up by the police, and asserted that she "won't allow bloodshed in south Kashmir and it won't be made a battleground". She also warned the police against a repeat of the incident.
"This is unacceptable. If you want to fight terrorists, fight them. Don't harass their families… The woman was ill-treated, her clothes were removed " Mehbooba said after meeting Rubina at her home in Pulwama on Sunday.
Visited Patipora Pulwama where Rubina (whose brother happens to be a militant )was along with her husband & brother beaten mercilessly in police custody. The severe nature of her injuries has left her bedridden. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/HX3JwVf8gh— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) December 30, 2018
Rubina, her husband and brother were badly beaten up in the police custody, Mehbooba claimed.
"This is a sad incident. and she was beaten up by a station house officer (SHO). How could he touch a woman? Only a woman police officer can do so," she added.
@MehboobaMufti questions harassment of militant families while travelling to the interiors in Pulwama, a day after encounter.— J&K PDP (@jkpdp) December 30, 2018
"won’t allow bloodshed and making South Kashmir a battle ground." pic.twitter.com/VRFBNXvUnM
Mehbooba also urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to take action and prevent such incidents in the future. “Urge the @jandkgovernor to initiate action and prevent such incidents in the future. If harassment of families of militants isnt stopped, it will have consequences leading to further alienation in the valley,” the former CM tweeted.
Urge the @jandkgovernor to initiate action and prevent such incidents in the future. If harassment of families of militants isnt stopped, it will have consequences leading to further alienation in the valley. 2/2— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) December 30, 2018
On December 20, after completion of six months of Governor's rule, the state came under President's rule from midnight paving the way for the Union cabinet to take all policy decisions related to the militancy-hit state.
On November 21, Governor Malik dissolved the 87-member state assembly after the PDP, supported by the Congress and their arch rivals National Conference, had staked claim to form the government.
Simultaneously, the two-member People's Conference led by Sajjad Lone had also staked claim to form a government with 25 members of the BJP and other 18 unknown members. The governor had dissolved the assembly citing horse-trading and lack of stability to form a government as the reasons.