Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday termed the recent elections to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) as “government manoeuvered”, while claiming the police had refused to register a first information report for trespassing and ransacking of offices at the sports body headquarters in Sonawar.
Farooq alleged a deputy inspector general of police was accompanying the persons who broke open locks of JKCA offices and “removed” vital documents from the sports body headquarters at SK Cricket Stadium. “They broke the locks and a DIG was accompanying them. Is that what the government is for? The tragedy is that it was completely government manoeuvered thing,” Farooq said at a press conference also attended by JKCA general secretary ML Nehru and Treasurer GM Bhat.
According to Farooq, Monday’s meeting held to elect the new official body of the JKCA violated court orders, which had barred any such meetings. “Even with a court order against the meeting, they came and broke all the locks. The present government, instead of worrying about people and the situation, is further dividing people,” he told reporters.
Replying to a query on the new bank accounts opened by the new body, Farooq said he would fight them legally while expressing regret over sports minister Imran Raza Ansari’s role in replacing him in the JKCA: “I am not going to take a gun or a lathi to beat them, but I feel sad that Imran should be part of it. I worked with his father even when he was a Congress man. I took him as a minister. I really feel sad that he has become part of it. I know Mehboob Iqbal was trying for years, but he too will face the inevitable.”
Farooq said he would challenge the government legally but did not expect such tactics from Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
“They think that since it is their government, they can have a goonda raj. That’s not acceptable. I am sorry to tell Mufti sahib that this is not what we expected (sic). We never thought he was going to do these things. We thought he will work for development after last year’s flood. Are they worried about the radicalisation of youth? No. They are only worried about saving themselves. The situation is not under control and I hope it doesn’t go out of control. There are magazines coming up with atrocious propaganda. You should wake up to the reality about those magazines,” he said.
He also asked why his detractors were not satisfied with his performance even as cricketers from the state perform well outside the state. “To try and hide their names in the (JKCA) scam, they tried to take over JKCA. Farooq Abdullah is here to protect JKCA and the future of our boys. Why are they not happy about it? Is it that Farooq Abdullah is a thief? Let them prove that Farooq Abdullah has taken a penny from JKCA. Rather, I gave money to JKCA from my own parliamentary funds for development of Amar Singh College and SP College,” he added.
The application for the registration of an FIR at Ram Munshi Bagh police station (for trespassing and theft) moved by Farooq Abdullah has named Iqbal Shah, Abdul Rouf, Mehboob Iqbal, Javid Ahmad Kitab, Ashraf Bhat, Manzoor Wazir, Rakesh Kumar and Sudershan Mehta.
On Monday, Ansari was elected to the president’s post of the JKCA, replacing Farooq who is yet to complete his three-year term. The High Court, however, issued a stay order on the election the same day.