BANDIPORA: The leaders and activists of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were forced to flee from this north Kashmir district on Sunday as the youth attacked them with stones ahead of their scheduled road show. The attack left at least four activists injured.
Dozens of AAP activists, led by the party’s leader Raja Muzzafar, had gathered near the Municipal building to hold their first public programme here ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. But, as soon as they reached close to Jamia Qadeem in their hired vehicles, several youth appeared from the lanes and by-lanes and started throwing stones at them.
Eye witnesses told Kashmir Reader that at least four AAP activists were injured in the stone attack even as a non-Kashmiri passerby was also hurt.
The youth chased the activists up to the police station wherein the latter was forced to take refuge for about an hour. Muzzafar, who is due to challenge National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah in the elections, took the escape route too.
The youth also damaged a vehicle of the party, eye-witnesses said.
A new political face in Kashmir, New Delhi-based AAP is contesting the parliamentary elections in the Valley for the first time. It has already opened an office in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district and is in the process of setting up its headquarters in the Summer capital.
Meanwhile, AAP’s Mir Mushtaq has accused the Awami Itihaad Party (AIP), Congress, and People Democratic Party of engineering the attack.
“They are behind this attack on us,” he said.
AIP’s advocate Nazir, however, refuted the allegations, saying “I would quit politics if the allegations are proved right.”
AAP is also learned to have made a formal police complaint against advocate Nazir—AIP’s candidate from Bandipora.