Indian-controlled Kashmir: Candidates face peoples’ wrath across valley

Kashmir Watch

Srinagar: Congress candidate for Ganderbal, had to face the public fury when people at Zakura disrupted his public rally by hurling stones at him and his party workers. Reports reaching PBI substantiate that Congress candidate Sheikh Ishfaq had to address an election rally at Zakura on Sunday afternoon. However, when he reached the venue, the local residents disrupted the rally by stoning the party activists who were accompanying Sheikh Ishfaq. This created a panic among the party workers and they retaliated the stone pelting by throwing stones and other things at the houses of local residents.

Sources told PBI that supporters of Sheikh also hurled stones at a mosque and as a result window panes of the mosque were broken. Eyewitnesses told PBI that the damage to the panes of mosque infuriated the entire population of the locality who came out of their homes and tried to attack the congress party workers along with their leader Sheikh Ishfaq.

However, Police and CRPF personnel, present at the time, safely removed Sheikh’s supporters from the spot.

Meanwhile, angry inhabitants of Dardasun Kralpora Kupwara, pelted stones at independent candidate for Kupwara assembly constituency, Shabnam Lone and her party workers when they tried to organize an election rally at Dardasun on Sunday. Shabnam had to take on heels from the spot.

Several party workers were reportedly injured. Three vehicles also suffered damage in the stone pelting. Later police arrested one person identified as Farooq Ahmad of Kralpora.

In another similar incident, Qaiser Jamshed Lone of NC faced public fury at Kalaroos when people disrupted his election rally by throwing stones at the participants of the rally. Qaisar escaped the spot under police cover.

Posted on 16 Nov 2008 by Webmaster

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