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Cops Claim Saifuddin Soz "Not Under Detention," Blames Restrictions On COVID -19
We stand by what the government has said in the affidavit before the Supreme Court," said a senior officer.
Cops Claim Saifuddin Soz "Not Under Detention," Blames Restrictions On COVID-19
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Saifuddin Soz on Thursday scaled a tall pillar of his gate at Srinagar's Friends colony, even as policemen kept warning him against doing so, a day after the Supreme Court told that Saifuddin Soz "is not under detention".
The police claimed that Saifuddin Soz's movement was being restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic and has asserted that what the Jammu and Kashmir administration had told the Top Court was completely true.
A senior officer said that We stand by what the government has said in the affidavit before the Supreme Court".
"He is not being allowed to come out because of coronavirus. Mr. Soz is a Z-category protectee. We can't provide an escort to him outside his home because a large number of police personnel of the security wing have contracted the virus" he said
The Jammu and Kashmir administration told the court that Mr. Soz was "never detained nor under house arrest" and there are "no restrictions on his movement subject to security clearance.
The Supreme Court after the administration's statement closed the case of illegal detention filed by the Congress veteran's wife.
"In the Supreme Court, the government said Soz is a free man, he's not under detention and that he was never been under detention. Curse this policy, it is a police state. These cops are stopping me," railed the politician, furious.
The police guards posted outside Mr. Soz's home said that they wouldn't allow any videography and has asked the media to leave.
The Senior police officer said that it was because of coronavirus that entry into Mr. Soz's home had been restricted as well.
"Due to COVID, we can't compromise the lives of our jawans and the senior leader. Already we have 50 police personnel in the security wing who have been infected. 500 personnel have been quarantined. In such a situation, how can we take a risk," he asked.
In August scores of the political leaders were detained year after the government decided to scrap special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and downgraded it into two union territories.
Whereas many politicians alleged that the absence of the formal detention orders has given the government a scope if plausible deniability.