NC Leader Held For Attack

NC Leader Held For Attack

11 May 2011
The Telegraph (Kolkata)


Srinagar: Senior National Conference leader Ghulam Ahmad Saloora was arrested today on the charge of intending to outrage the modesty of a woman after his car bumped into hers in Srinagar’s city centre. “We were parking our car when he bumped his vehicle into it. When my father sought an explanation, he (Saloora) started beating and abusing him,” said the 30-something woman. “When I tried to intervene, he hurled abuses at me and started beating me with a stick.” Several onlookers came to the woman’s help and tried to attack the National Conference leader and his guards. Saloora, the party’s provincial secretary for Kashmir, was rescued by police. The woman, accompanied by locals, approached the police and demanded action. Perhaps driven by fears that the situation might worsen, the police arrested Saloora who is in his early fifties. “He is in the lock-up and we have registered a case against him,” a police officer said. Chief minister Omar Abdullah was quick to promise action. “I was briefed by the DG (director-general of police Kuldeep Khoda) and I have instructed that the law must follow its course. No leniency (with him) just because of his party affiliation,” Omar tweeted. Sources close to him said the chief minister was upset all the more because the incident occurred in broad daylight and a stone’s throw away from his civil secretariat. Saloora’s arrest was not the only embarrassment for the government. A senior government officer was arrested in connection with a May 2 car bomb blast that targeted a top army officer in Jammu. Abdul Mujeed, officiating as agricultural extension officer in the state’s agriculture department at Thanamandi in Poonch, owned the car used in the explosion and was part of the conspiracy, police said. The main accused, Ghulam Sarwar from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, is absconding. The police said his interrogation had revealed that Mujeed was an active over-ground worker of the Lashkar-e-Toiba. Top


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