Baramulla: Clashes broke out in Sultanpora area of Kandi Baramulla on Thursday afternoon when a local PDP leader used objectionable language in the official awami darbar (public meeting). Protesting villagers threw rocks at officials and damaged a vehicle of the forest department.
Reports said that Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash and other district and tehsil officers were holding a public meeting in Sultanpora area when a PDP youth leader, Dilshad Ahmad, began using “abusive language”, much to the irritation of the villagers present at the meeting.
“At that moment, locals were informing officials about their problems, after the officers had spoken about various development schemes in the area,” said the village head of Sultanpora, Ajaz Ahmad. “Dilshad abused people claiming that people were complaining unnecessarily. He had heated exchanges with people after which some people present in the darbar staged protest and hurled stones and rocks on official vehicles.”
In the ensuing clashes, a vehicle of the forest department was damaged and a forest guard received minor injuries. The situation was brought under control by police present at the meeting.
“I controlled the people, or they would have killed this (PDP) leader,” the village head said.
Police said they had registered an FIR 13/2017 under Sections 341 and 336 in police station Chandosa against the named villagers on the complaint of the injured forest guard. The PDP’s Dilshad Ahmad could not be reached for his comments.