Four party members of Awami Ittethad Party (AIP) were injured when police resorted to lathi charge to foil the parties protest march against the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
AIP President MLA Langate Engineer Abdul Rashid had called for a protest rally against the visit. Pertinently, MLA Langate, was put under house arrest on Monday, afternoon.
Dozens of its AIP members assembled at its party headquarter in Jawaharnagar to carry out a protest rally to Lal Chowk. However, police stopped the rally at Radio Colony Rajbagh to disperse the rally. “Our four senior leaders were injured in the police action,” a party statement said adding the injured included Tanveer Hussain Khan, Farooq Ahmad, Mohammad Iqbal and Mohammad Asif.
Party Spokesperson Showkat Ahmed Nadvi has condemned the act and termed it as “barbaric.” Nadvi said that police uses such tactics to “suppress” the common masses.
He said that AIP wanted to remind the PM about the promises which the first Prime minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru had made with Kashmiri people and which were never fulfilled.