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'Azadi' cries force J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti to retreat

'Azadi' cries force J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti to retreat

"But they brought us here to participate in this event", an elderly woman from Khansahib, Budgam, said.

Mufti added that she will reschedule the function as this event is for the betterment of women. "It was not managed well", she said.

Several women said they would not have attended the function if they were informed before hand about the presence of the chief minister there.

Reacting to Mehbooba Mufti's remarks on "Masjid, temple & gurdwara", the APHC said that these places of worship were safe because Kashmir had no Yogi Aditya Nath, Praveen Togadiya and Gujrat's Narindra Modi.

The programme began with a religious ritual and as Mehbooba was about to address the gathering, some women starting protesting.

The other women joined the sloganeering, resulting in chaos and disruption of the event, they said. Some distance away, Mehbooba tried to pacify the women as her guards threw a security ring around her. But she had to beat a hasty retreat as the mob refused to relent. "Women were present in large numbers and probably a lady fainted".

Taking a dig at Mufti on her statement about the incident, former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted she was "living in denial". "I think there were a lot of people and it became hard to control them". Soon after, a group of women at the back of the hall got up and started shouting slogans against the chief minister.

"We were told we would attend training and that some officers had come specially for the objective". That's the official version from Mehbooba Mufti so this is all "fake news".

He alleged government employees and unemployed youth were "forced to attend so-called official functions to sell it as people's faith in the current government and a sign of normalcy".