J&K: Police accused of ‘strip searching’ detainee’s family

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police are accused of frisking and ‘harassing’ the visiting family members of mainstream political detainees.

The family members of the detained valley leaders are allowed to them on Wednesday and Saturday every week.

The alleged incident took place around 2 p.m. triggered protests by the detained leaders.

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According to several reports, the three-year-old son of one of the detainees of a National Conference leader was allegedly subjected to ‘ nearly strip searched’.

The incident came to light after Iltija Mufti, handling the official twitter account of her mother and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti PDP chief posted a series of tweets, claiming that a detainee’s son was “nearly strip searched”, which led to “an altercation between political detainees & JK police.”

Top officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, however, has denied the allegations.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Muneer Khan said, “Whatever she [Mufti] is saying…it is wrong,” he said. “The MLA hostel is a notified subsidiary jail and as part of anti-sabotage check drill…we have recovered 11 cellphones that were smuggled [in] illegally. Investigation will be conducted.”

Over 30 mainstream Kashmiri political leaders are detained since August 5-the day special status to Jammu and Kashmir was revoked and split it into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

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