Farooq ‘missing’, FIR lodged to hunt him down
5 July 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: General Musharraf’s coming, the Centre is readying for the Agra summit, but where’s Farooq Abdullah? His aides say he is in London, but Farooq’s critics aren’t satisfied with the explanation. An activist of the opposition Panthers’ Party has filed an FIR at south Delhi’s Chanakyapuri police station demanding a probe into the ‘disappearance’ of the J&K CM. The FIR filed by B.S.Billowria, a Supreme Court advocate and a member of the Panthers Party, talks about the ‘‘Disappearance of Farooq Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, who was last seen on the evening of June 2nd in Kashmir House, Chanakyapuri’’. Billowria has stated that ‘‘there is no trace of the said VIP and that has caused tension and anxiety among the people of Jammu and Kashmir.’’ According to the FIR, Abdullah’s ‘‘disappearance’’ has brought the administration to a standstill; developmental works have stopped; instances of militancy- related violence have increased and vested interests are trying to destablise the government by trying to break the ruling National Conference. He has sought the help of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in tracing the missing VIP. Farooq’s aides asserted that Abdullah has every right to take a break from the tough job of governing J&K and be with his Britain-based English wife, Molly Abdullah. National Conference sources in Jammu said they were unsure about Farooq’s return. Abdullah’s wife and youngest daughter Sanna have been living in Britain since 1990. Abdullah had explained their departure at a public rally years ago, saying they were deeply disturbed by sloganeering from the public address system of a mosque located near their Gupkar Road house. Molly Abdullah, a nurse by profession, had decided to leave Kashmir since she didn’t like the idea of moving to Delhi, Farooq had then said. Since then, he has been a frequent flier to London.