Four AAP Men Injured In Stone Pelting In Kashmir

Four AAP Men Injured In Stone Pelting In Kashmir

9 March 2014
The Economic Times
Masood Hussain

Srinagar: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) started its peripheral campaign with an embarrassing situation as its leaders had to flee from north Kashmir Bandipore after a stone pelters attacked them. At least four of its activists were injured and the police have registered a case. With its central Kashmir Lok Sabha candidate Dr Raja Muzzafar Bhat in lead, AAP had arranged a road show in Bandipore's Gulshan Park. The party had managed some gathering in the town hall as well. The party had arranged drum beating to attract the locals. After the event was over, AAPs road show started. All its leaders wearing the party trade mark caps were on top of a TATA mobile. As they reached Jamia Qadeem area of the town, a group of youth emerged from different sides and attacked the vehicle from all sides. With no escape routes available, their vehicle was damaged and at least four of them were injured. Managing their escape somehow, AAP leaders straightaway drove to the local police station. They registered a formal compliant. Mir Mushtaq - party's north Kashmir candidate, accused his rival Nazir Ahmad, a local lawyer for mounting the attack. Nazir is the probable candidate of Awami Ittehad Party (AIP), for north Kashmir. Nazir told reporters that he was not behind the attack. 'If I am proved I was involved in the attack I will resign politics,' Nazir said. 'Why should I attack anybody?' Stone pelting is usually attributed to the separatist block. But in this case, reports from Bandipore said some mainstream party was involved. Dr Bhat also asserted he believes the attack was political rivalry rather than a separatist operation. He said the party will not be cowed down and will continue fight against the corrupt. Bhat has already started door-to-door campaign in parts of central Kashmir. Bandipore attack is the first instance from Kashmir in which Lok Sabha campaigners were attacked. Authorities have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure personal safety of the contestants and area security to them during their campaigning.