Farooq Escapes Unhurt In Stone Pelting
22 February 2003
The Asian Age
Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today escaped unhurt when a mob hurled stones at him at Pampore, about 12 km from here. According to eyewitnesses, a group of people hurled stones at Dr Abdullah as soon as he reached Pampore to address an election meeting for National Conference (NC) nominee Mushtaq Ahmad Kuchay who is contesting the byelection from the constituency. Dr Abdullah, who returned from London after more than a month-long stay, was helped by security guards into safety of his vehicle. However, more than a dozen NC vehicles were damaged. This was Dr Abdullah's first public appearance after the NC lost power in the State following poor showing in the Assembly elections securing just 28 seats. He was scheduled to address election meetings at Pampore and later at Awantipora for his party candidates. The byelection to Pampore constituency will be held on February 26. The bypoll has been necessitated due to the killing of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Abdul Aziz Mir last year.