NC claims Farooq Abdullah under house arrest, police denies

The National Conference (NC) claimed that former chief minister Farooq Abdullah was under house arrest, but the police later refuted the claim.

The National Conference (NC) claimed that former chief minister Farooq Abdullah was under house arrest, but the police later refuted the claim.

The NC said its president Farooq Abdullah was placed under house arrest hours after he presided over a meeting at the party headquarters on the third anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370.

“Dr. Farooq Abdullah has been placed under house arrest after returning from the Nawai-Subha where he presided over the meeting earlier and said ‘we will fight peacefully for our rights which were illegally, unconstitutionally and democratically taken away from us on August 5, 2019’,” NC tweeted on its official handle.

NC Vice President Omar Abdullah confirmed that the truck was parked outside his house in Gupkar, where both Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah live. “It seems like they have to keep this truck outside the gate with some force because it’s a senseless act (apart from being completely illegal). Went to office, went to Namaz, went to condole. Today the truck came after nowhere else to go. You fools!” tweeted Omar Abdullah.

“There is a false rumor that some NC and PDP leaders have been kept under house arrest on Gupkar Road. This rumor is completely baseless,” said a police spokesperson.

Additional security personnel have been deployed at some places on Guptar Road in view of “some inflow of terrorist attacks”, a police spokesperson said.

“Ms Mehbooba Mufti visited her party headquarters in the afternoon and Dr Farooq Abdullah visited Hazratbal shrine in Shalimar and his friend in the afternoon. Media partners are advised to verify news from authorities before (them) broadcast. JKP is a fully professional police force and is well aware of its duties,” he said.

A police spokesman posted recent photographs of Abdullah and Mufti outside their residences that did not show the presence of security vehicles.

(with PTI inputs)

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