New Delhi, Sep 30: Lashing out at Narendra Modi government over the revocation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said that the situation in the state is inhuman and the economy has been derailed.
"Indiscriminate arrest of children and minors has horrified the young generation, as a result of this they are not ready to come out of their houses. Public has no representation whatsoever. This may be the first time that the government, instead of being protector, of the life and property of the people, the people are scared of the government itself. Alienation of the people is of highest order. The people are in disappointment and dissolution. So am I," Azad said while addressing media persons at AICC headquarters, after his week-long tour to his home State after the Supreme Court allowed him to visit.
Thanking the apex court for being allowed him to visit Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Azad said his apprehensions about the state proved true.
"I have tried going to my state on thrice, twice to Kashmir and once to Jammu. All three times, we were detained at the airport and sent back. We had no option but to approach the SC and they allowed", Mr Azad said.
"There is an atmosphere of fear in Jammu and Kashmir. Since it became a Union Territory, Central government has been threatening the local administration saying you are under us, do as we say, that your promotions and appointments are under us, they can pick up anyone", the Rajya Sabha opposition leader alleged.
The Congress leader said that businesses in both Jammu and Kashmir have been shut for almost two months now and it affected the economy of the state.
"Only food shops are being opened in Jammu and Kashmir. Since they open for a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening, there is a mad rush and that mad rush at food shops is passed off as everything is normal in Jammu and Kashmir", he said.
The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said that those who claim there are no restrictions in Kashmir, he can counter their claims and alleged that people were not allowed to meet even after the Supreme Court’s order.
"Eighty per cent of the people who came to meet me at the guesthouse were asked to leave, the remaining 20 per cent who did manage to come in the guesthouse, were scrutinised. There was a camera set up by the CID at the main door of the guest house to monitor all those coming to meet me. That was a big harassment. Their names were registered in three places and faces caught on camera, they were harassed that they will be picked up once they go home. The message I received was that many who wanted to come, didn’t come because they feared being picked up," Azad said. (UNI)