Cops put me under house arrest thrice in one week, claims Magsaysay award winner

The social activist claimed that he was put under house arrest thrice in a week for planning to organise a peaceful protest against the scrapping of Article 370.

Ramon Magsaysay award winner and social activist Sandeep Pandey has claimed that he was put under house arrest thrice in the past one week for planning to hold a peaceful protest against the scrapping of Article 370.

Pandey said, “The central government should have taken the view of Kashmiris before taking such a big step. Democracy has been muzzled they way Article 370 has been abrogated in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Twice we tried to hold a peaceful protest against the government move, but I was stopped and put under house arrest. On Saturday, I along with other members were going to Ayodhya for an event but we were again stopped by the cops.”

“First the police prevented me from leaving the house on August 11 and then on August 16 for organising protest demanding the restoration of democracy in the Valley. The cops stopped me another time from going to Ayodhya and again put me under house arrest,” he added.

While the district administration did not offer any response on the allegations levelled by Pandey, circle officer of the Qaiserbagh area, Sanjiv Sinha, earlier denied putting the social activist under house arrest.

“He was planning to hold a demonstration at the GPO area in Hazratganj where such activity is prohibited. We told him to organise the protest at the Eco garden but he did not comply. We did not detain or put him under house arrest,” said Sinha in a statement to India Today TV.

Source: India Today

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