Asiya Andrabi Detained

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SRINAGAR: Police on Friday morning detained Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi from her Soura residence after she tried to break free from house detention.

A police official said that Asiya was arrested in connection with couple of cases registered against her for waiving Pakistani flags and addressing via phone a conference in Pakistan recently.

The police also arrested Fahmeeda Sofi, another leader of DeM from Asiya’s residence.

Asiya, who is not keeping well as per DeM sources, has been lodged in Women Police Station Rambagh along with Fahmeeda.

Asiya waved the flag of Pakistan on August 14 when the country was celebrating its Independence Day. Asiya also was the first in Kashmir to defy the beef ban order when she uploaded a video of bovine being slaughtered on social networking sites.

According to  DeM General Secretary, Nahida Nasreen authorities had placed Aasiya Andrabi under house arrest on Wednesday. “She was accompanied by Fehmeeda Sofi and a team of women police was guarding her Soura residence. A police team arrived at her residence at around 12:30 on Thursday night and arrested her and Fahmeeda. 

She alleged that when Asiya’s lawyer went to police station Rambagh to see her, the authorities denied him permission on the pretext that she is not lodged there. “She has been kept in Rambagh police station and yet the police is in denial mode. It corroborates the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is a police state,” Nasreen said.

Condemning the arrest of Asiya, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman demanded her immediately release and slammed Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed led government. 

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