Majeed: ‘If Ikhwan kidnapped him, he would have been a militant’
Jammu: Noisy scenes were witnessed in the assembly on Thursday as Congress legislator from Bandipora Usman Majeed had a verbal brawl with PDP legislator Noor Mohammad from Batamaloo.
Noor had accused Usman, a former counterinsurgent, of being behind the killings of 8 civilians at the hands of government-sponsored Ikhwan militia during the nineties. Noor had called Usman a “killer”.
During the Question Hour on Wednesday, Noor told the Speaker that Usman had threatened to kill him.
‘’Speaker Sahab I want convey to the House that I am feeling insecure as Usman Majeed has threatened me four times, he said come out of the House I will show you, you have to face music for your remarks . He has been a militant, then a dreaded Ikhwani who is responsible for slaughtering scores of innocents. Now he has threatened me,’’ he said.
Noor said Usman had been “deputy general of Kuka Parray, who led the barbaric Ikhwan militia”.
“Both kidnapped me twice and my father had to pay Rs 60,000 for my release,” he said.
Usman reacted saying the PDP legislator was levelling baseless allegation against him.
“I don’t know this person, he is defaming me, I came to know that he too is an MLA after one month of election. ’Yes I was a militant, JKLF man, then an Ikhwani. I picked up gun to fight for the Kashmir issue but when I realized that it is a political problem I joined mainstream politics,’’ he said.
He asserted that “90 per cent PDP leaders are militants, they reached here due to violence, they [PDP] hatched conspiracy with militants and killed innocent NC workers, and they reached here with the help of militants, I have proof that PDP MLAs have links with them.”
Usman said, “If it is a fact that he had been kidnapped by Ikhwanis, he (Noor) definitely would have been a militant or associated with militants. I don’t know then how he is alive,” Majeed said.
Noor replied, “I was a common man who was tortured by you for no reason.”
Engineer Rasheed intervened and asked PDP legislators that if Usman is a killer then why your party made him a minister in 2002 when the state was headed by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
“You should admit that you made a killer a minister,” he said.