National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah, in a sensational claim, accused the Central government of wanting to kill him.
He said, “As soon as the gate will open and our people will be out, we will fight, we’ll go to the court. We’re not gun-runners, grenade-throwers, stone-throwers, we believe in peaceful resolutions. They want to murder us. My son (Omar Abdullah) is in jail.”
He added, “Home Ministry is lying in the Parliament that I’m not house-arrested, that I am staying inside my house at my own will.”
Meanwhile, his son Omar Abdullah, along with other prominent leaders such as Mehbooba Mufti, is also under arrest. They were earlier put under house arrest before the Government announced its move on Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
However, on Tuesday, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Lok Sabha that National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has not been arrested as alleged by some opposition leaders.
Shah said, “I have made it clear thrice, Farooq Abdullah ji is at his home, he is not under house arrest, he is not under detention. He is in good health, mauj-masti mein hain, unko nahi ana hai toh gun kanpatti par rakh kar bahar nahi la sakte hum [If he doesn’t want to come out, we can’t force him at gun point].”
On Monday, the Modi government scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The Centre also moved a bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.