Assembly Witnesses Disorder Over Burning of Kashmir Truck in Udhampur



The last sitting of the assembly witnessed disorder as the truck burning in Udhampur was taken up by the NC lawmaker Majid Larmi. He said the government must respond to the incident in which a Kashmiri truck was set afire and the inmates critically injured.

A Kashmir bound truck JK03D-1142 was intercepted by a gang of youth in Udhampur periphery and set afire. Senior Minister Abdul Rehamna Veeri said the police intervened almost immediately and rescued two people Showkat Ahmad and Zahid Ahmad – both with burn injuries. The third Rameez Ahmad, who was driving the truck, however, had escaped unhurt.

Veeri said the two injured were rushed to hospital in Udhampur and later driven to Jammu for specialized treatmnet. He said three accused identified as Bala Bahadur Singh, Sunder Singh and Sunil Singh were arrested and manhunt was launched to arrest others.

State Police Chief has flown to the district and a murder case has already been registered in the case. He mentioned the FIR No 368 under sections 307, 336, 437, 147, 148, 120B and 427 RPC. All the three victims are from Uranhal and Butengoo villages of the Islamabad district.

Though Veeri read out the statement amid din, it did not satisfy the opposition benches. Ali Mohammad Sagar of NC said the government lacks courage to admit that the accused are from BJP, its ally. He said the BJP is provoking Kashmir and vitiating the atmosphere by resorting to such communal tactics.

Engineer Rashid termed the accused in the case as terrorists and insisted the state government lacks courage to act against them.

The incident was reported to have happened on October 9 at around 11.45 pm.

Veeri said he condemns the incident. The opposition, however, recorded its dissatisfaction and walked out in protest. Mohamad Akbar Lone, the former speaker termed the incident a shame.

Soon after the walk out, NC lawmakers returned to house and the routine resumed without any tension. Engineer Rashid, however, stayed away.


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