Mehbooba accuses govt using iron fist against its own people

Omar Abdullah calls Uttar Pradesh as the ‘Naya J&K’ after Lakhimpur Kheri violence

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Omar Abdullah with Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR — In an apparent reference to the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti alleged on Monday that imposing Section 144 wherever human rights and dignity have been trampled upon has emerged as the Centre’s preferred approach.

She claimed that the government uses an iron fist against its own people but welcomes Chinese troops with open arms. Her remarks came after at least eight people were killed as violence erupted in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday.

Multiple opposition leaders tried to make their way to the Uttar Pradesh district through the night but were prevented from doing so.

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“Applying Section 144 wherever human rights & dignity is trampled has emerged as GOIs preferred approach. This government shows no hesitation in using an iron fist with its own people but welcomes Chinese troops with open arms,” the PDP chief wrote on Twitter.

“One can’t even compare the oppression unleashed in J&K since 2019 but the common denominators are obvious. What started in J&K was sadly met with an air of indifference & has now engulfed the entire country. When will we speak up?” she asked.

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Uttar Pradesh is the ‘Naya J&K’: Omar Abdullah after Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has called Uttar Pradesh “Naya J&K” as the row over the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri escalated on Monday.

His tweet comes in the backdrop of violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. Eight people were killed in violence on Sunday after a Union minister’s son allegedly ran over a group of farmers who were staging a protest in Lakhimpur Kheri.

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