NC activists, locals clash over anti-militant slogans in Magam

Srinagar: Activists of ruling National Conference on Sunday allegedly went on a rampage in Magam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district after the locals prevented them from holding road show citing failure of the coalition government in fulfilling the promises made during the last elections.
Scores of NC activists led by former Information and Technology Minister, Aga Syed Ruhullah appeared in Churpora village in Gotpora area of Magam to campaign for the party patron Farooq Abdullah who is contesting in the prestigious Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.
Eyewitnesses said when Ruhullah, who is also the MLA of Budgam assembly constituency, disembarked from his car and tried to go for door to door campaigning, the locals objected to it, citing the failure of the coalition government in providing basic amenities to them. Furious NC activists shouted pro-India and anti-militant slogans, leading to anger among the locals.
“Angry locals hurled rocks and stones on the NC MLA and his workers leading to clashes. The security guards of Ruhullah fired many shots in the air, as his followers went on a rampage in the village. NC cadres carrying sticks and stones barged into residential houses and thrashed inmates irrespective of gender and age. The rampaging activists also damaged public property during the ruckus that went on for over two hours,” Ejaz Ahmad, a local told Kashmir Reader.
He said the NC cadres were also joined by army soldiers from the nearby camp. The police, he alleged, also sided with the ruling party activists, who ‘unleashed a reign of terror in the area’.
“Even the MLA acknowledged that he visited the village for the first time on Sunday. Then how are we wrong if we objected to his road show? Why do politicians visit us to beg for votes and then forget us for next six years,” Ahmad asked.
He accused the MLA and his ‘cohorts’ of vitiating the peaceful atmosphere in the village by shouting anti-militant slogans.
Another local Sajad Ahmad said the villagers had to run for their lives as the NC workers, cops and soldiers went on rampage beating whosoever came by their way. He said at least six people; including three women were assaulted for raising objections over Ruhullah’s rally.
He identified four of the injured as Hajra Begum, Taja Begum, Rukhsana Bano and Tariq Ahmad.
“By evening, most of the youth had fled from the village fearing arrests by the cops. This is sheer hooliganism by pro-India leaders and their supporters,” he added.
Despite repeated attempts, MLA, Budgam Aga Syed Ruhullah did not attend phone calls by Kashmir Reader.