Kashmir: The family of former J&K chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has put their ancestral house in Bijbehara town of South Kashmir up for sale. This move comes four weeks after the government ordered the withdrawal of police guards from the premises.
A family member of the Muftis told that the family of the younger brother of the former Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Amin, “is finding it hard to stay in the house because of the volatile situation”.
The relative said the decision to withdraw the security personnel “has made the family members vulnerable”.
“Multiple security pickets were erected in the twin houses long before militancy started in the 1990s. In the run-up to the revocation of J&K’s special status, security guards were withdrawn from the house and the close relatives of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti too lost their security. There is no other option now but to look for a buyer. Many members of the family have already shifted to Jammu,” the family member said.
Two wooden multi-storey ancestral houses of the Muftis are located inside the congested locality of Baba Mohalla in Bijbehara. They have come under attack from protesters as well as militants in the past.
Family sources said Ms. Mufti, detained inside a hut at Chasmashahi in Srinagar since August 5, has already sold her share of the property but another PDP leader and cousin, Sajad Mufti, still owns property there.
The family said “very few buyers are coming forward.” Mr. Sajad Mufti, living in a colony adjacent to the ancestral houses, is planning to sell his house. “His security has also been withdrawn,” the family sources said.