KL NEWS NETWORK
Residents of Gondiboon Sonawari Monday protested against the alleged high-handedness of senior National Conference leader and former education minister Muhammad Akbar Lone in Srinagar.
A group of two dozen residents appeared in the press enclave here and raised slogans against the MLA Sonawari.
The residents accused Lone of beating, abusing them.
“We the residents of Gondiboon of Hajin area are without electricity from last two months,” a resident said. “We, as a delegation visited the NaidKhai grid station and found Lone already there. He along with his guards, supporters and other staff beat us to pulp and abused us.”
Another resident said that Akbar Lone’s workers Irshad Ahmad, an employee in health department and Fayaz Ahmad beat them with sticks and stones and abused us. “They threatened us of dire consequences in case we again visit the grid station.”
The residents said their village is without electricity from last two months and Akbar Lone, the concerned MLA, doesn’t bother to look in to the issue.
“During elections he visits us every now and then and pleads us to vote for him, but now he is threatening us when we are pleading for a genuine demand.”
Akbar Lone, the erstwhile speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, hogged headlines for his ‘finger gesture’ in Assembly besides throwing abusive salvos at MLAs. Lone, apparently the controversy’s favourite politician, invited bad press many a times equally for his conduct outside Assembly.