Mehbooba terms seizing of bikes by police as ‘collective punishment’

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Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said the seizure of a large number of bikes by police in Kashmir was a “collective punishment” and a means to “snatch” the livelihood of the youth.

Ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s likely visit to Kashmir this weekend, many two-wheelers were seized by police without even checking the documents and they were asked to collect their vehicles after 26 October.

Reacting to the dictat Mehbooba while taking to her Twitter handle said, “J-K admin’s recent spree of seizing bikes in Kashmir is a collective punishment and another way to snatch whatever means Kashmiri youth have to earn their livelihood in a dignified manner. Contrary to GOIs claims of providing jobs, they are doing the opposite.”

Police said the seizing of two wheelers was part of routine ‘anti-terror’ measures.

“Seizing some bikes and shutting down of internet of some towers is purely related to #terror #violences. It has nothing to do with visit of the Hon’ble HM,” IGP Kashmir zone Vijay Kumar tweeted.

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