Stone-throwers Back After Attack On Yasin Malik12 February 2011
Srinagar: Kashmir erupted once again on Friday as stone-throwers returned to the streets after news of attack on Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik spread in the Valley. Three policemen were injured in clashes with stone-throwers in Srinagar and at Old Town Baramulla in north Kashmir. Police said youth resorted to heavy stone pelting at Maisuma in Srinagar that houses the headquarters of JKLF, and at Cement Bridge ( Baramulla) soon after the Friday prayers. ' Three policemen suffered injuries in stone pelting by miscreants at Maisuma. They were hospitalised,' a police spokesperson said. Yasin Malik has reportedly sustained injures after he was attacked by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at a hotel in Ajmer where he is putting up along with his wife Mashaal Malik. BJP workers hurled slippers at the JKLF chairman on Friday and asked the district administration to ensure that he left the city immediately. The protesters, comprising members of Bharatiya Yuva Janata Morcha, waived black flags and burnt Malik's effigy in front of the hotel where he is staying. They also chanted slogans like ' deshdrohi aur algaavwadi vapas jao ( anti- national and separatist go back)' and that Kashmir was an inseparable part of India. Malik is in town for ziyarat, or ' visit', at the Ajmer Dargah since February 9. Ajmer's additional SP Samir Kumar said as soon as the police came to know about the demonstration, additional force was deployed in and around the hotel to prevent any untoward incident. He denied reports that Malik was assaulted. Later, the protesters were joined by senior leaders of the party including ex- MP and Ajmer BJP chief Rasa Singh Rawat and former minister Vasudev Devnani. ' How can an antinational person like Malik, who opposed unfurling of the national flag in the Valley, be tolerated in the town,' Rawat asked. Additional SP Kumar said that as per his schedule, Malik would be leaving Ajmer on Saturday.