Brawl between Legislator, police in Srinagar

Srinagar: Legislator from Kashmir Engineer Rasheed Friday allegedly tore the uniforms of many police officers and constables and called them ‘shameless Hindustani agents’ when they tried to bundle him into a police vehicle in Press Enclave here where he along with this activists emerged to observe 72 hours hunger strike against the civilian killings in Kashmir.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that Rasheed along with his activists arrived in Press Enclave on Friday morning and sat on a peaceful sit-in. Carrying placards and banners seeking immediate end to the civilian killings, ban on pellet guns and resolution of Kashmir issue, the Awami Ittihaad Party activists raised anti-government slogans.

A large posse of police personnel led by SDPO and SHO Kothibagh emerged on the scene and tried to vacate them from the designated place. The police action annoyed the legislators who entered into heated argument with the police personnel. During the melee, Rasheed not only termed police personnel as anti-Kashmiri but also tore the uniforms of the some police personnel.

Witnesses said that after the scuffle, Rasheed was bundled into the police vehicle and lodged in police station Kothibagh.

“Me and my five activists were injured in police action when we were peacefully holding hunger strike,” a spokesperson of AIP said. He alleged that the cops started roughly dragging the activists towards the armed personal carrier parked near the spot of sit-in protest. The workers attempted to exert restraint; however, they failed to stay unmoved. Rasheed resorted to verbal firing when he branded the police officer as “shameless Hindustani agent.”

He asked the police officer to allow his party to continue sit-in protest as “we don’t have stones in our hands and we are staging peaceful strike.” However, the cops refused the demand and took all the activists including Rasheed towards Police Station Kothibagh. (CNS)

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