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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

Four leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have been asked to vacate their government accommodations in Srinagar. The leaders include former minister and Pampore MLA Zahoor Mir, former MLA and party’s general secretary Nizamuddin Bhat, former Shopian MLA Yusuf Bhat and DDC member and former MLA Aijaz Mir.

Responding to the decision, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has sought the intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha against the alleged forcible eviction of her party leaders from their government quarters. The former chief minister warned that she would hold the Lt Governor administration responsible if “anything untoward happens” with them.

She alleged that the administration is selectively targeting PDP leaders and made them vacate their official residences in Srinagar without providing any alternate accommodation.

“I am deeply concerned by the manner in which the administration is selectively targeting PDP leaders and ex-MLAs. At a time when militancy is on the rise yet again, they have been made to vacate their official residences in Srinagar without providing any alternate accommodation,” Mehbooba said in a letter addressed to Sinha.

She further said what makes matters worse is that even after the repeated requests of the party leaders to grant them security in villages where they originally reside, these requests have been “declined”.

“The state administration has cited the presence of militants for their refusal to provide security. But the same administration has no qualms in evicting them from secure government accommodations in Srinagar and deliberately putting them in harm’s way,” the PDP chief said in her letter.

The administration has also cancelled residential accommodations of government officials as part of ending the age-old practice of darbar move.