Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday alleged that BJP has taken a leaf out of how Britishers would suspect and treat Indians during the colonial era.
“A spyware used against terrorists has been weaponised to deal with political opponents & dissenters. BJP has taken a leaf out of how Britishers would suspect & treat Indians during the colonial era. GOI has gone rogue & is brazenly subverting basic human rights,” Ms Mehbooba wrote on blogging site twitter.
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The former chief minister was reacting to reports by The Wire that besides Delhi-based Kashmiri journalists, a prominent civil society activist critical of the official policy towards Jammu and Kashmir, over 25 people from Kashmir were selected as potential targets of surveillance between 2017 and mid-2019 by an as yet unidentified government agency that was also believed to be a client of the NSO Group of Israel.