NC, PDF activists clash in Budgam

Srinagar: The activists of National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Wednesday exchanged brickbats in Khan Sahab town of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
The clashes broke out around 2:00 pm near the house of PDF president, Hakeem Mohammad Yasin when hundreds of workers of NC clashed with Yasin’s supporters, official sources said.
The NC and PDF activists hurled choicest abuses and threw stones at each other triggering brief clashes. Some NC workers also attacked Yasin’s house with stones damaging several window panes. However, no one was reported to be hurt in the clashes.
Yasin was in Tangmarg with Ghulam Hassan Mir, who filed nomination papers from the Tangmarg Assembly constituency, where Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah’s uncle Dr Mustafa Kamal is also trying his luck.
Meanwhile, Yasin blamed his opponents of orchestrating the attack. He said that the NC and the PDP leaders with the help of renegades and timber smugglers attacked his house in ‘frustration’.
“NC in connivance with PDP carried today’s attack. When I filed nomination papers, 30,000 people were with me. This has frustrated the two parties, who’re resorting to such cheap acts,” Yasin said.
He said though he was not present at home, the locals of Khan Sahab gave a befitting reply to the attackers forcing them to retreat. He said that NC and PDP had gathered people from other areas of the district for the purpose.
“Even in the peak of militancy, I didn’t leave. I enjoy love and support of my people. And that’s hurting my political opponents,” he said.
He urged the district administration to probe the attack and punish the attacks, in accordance with the law.
“Police was there when my house was attacked. So, probing it will not be a difficult task for the administration,” he said.
Meanwhile, a police official confirmed that the two parties clashed in Khan Sahab. However, he said, the situation was brought to normal.
“It was a minor clash. No one was hurt,” the official added.