Kashmir Finance Ministerís Cavalcade 'attacked' With Fire-pots

Kashmir Finance Ministerís Cavalcade 'attacked' With Fire-pots

17 March 2014
Kashmir Despatch


Srinagar: Security guards of finance minister Abdul Rahim Rahter hurled dozens of tear smoke shells when people attacked his cavalcade with fire-pots (Kanger) in Central Kashmirís Budgam district. Witnesses said Rather, one of the senior most National Conference leaders, was on way to Srinagar from Charar-i-Shiref on Sunday when people stopped him near Chanemohalla Watkaloo. People surrounded his cavalcade and complained about bad roads, non-availability of electricity and non-clearance of snow on roads. Reports said that people forced the minister to get out from his vehicle and walk by foot to have firsthand experience of the area. A resident said some of the men who were accompanying him objected to the move of the people to make the minister walk. Reports said that there was heated exchange of words between the people and the supporters of the minister. Eyewitnesses said that agitated people attacked the cavalcade with fire-pots and amid anti NC slogans smashed the windowpanes of the vehicle of the finance minister. In a bid to control the situation and disperse the protestors, Ratherís security guards burst dozens of tear smoke shells, which created panic in the area. Station House Officer Charar-i-Sharief Manzoor Ahmed said some people stopped Ratherís cavalcade and briefed him about some problems they were facing. The police officer denied the reports of attack on the minister. Rather could not be contacted and no one from his office responded.