SRINAGAR: Police on Friday foiled the 72-hour hunger strike programme of MLA Langate and Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) chairman Engineer Rasheed by arrested him along with his associates. Rasheed and his supporters were locked up in police station, Kothibagh when reports last came in.
Rasheed had announced that he will hold the protest demonstration against the insensitivity of Indian government towards Kashmir.
Rasheed along with his associates reached the Press Enclave at 11.00 am and sat on a dharna along with his associates. He along with his supporters shouted slogans demanding Plebiscite in Kashmir.
However a police team from Kothibagh Police station reached the spot and forcibly took away Rasheed and his activists. Some of the activists were even seen being dragged by police to their vehicles.
“Me and my five activists were injured in police action when we were peacefully holding hunger strike,” a spokesperson of AIP said. “We have been lodged at Kothi Bagh Police Station.”
The police had asked the AIP activists to windup the sit-in, however, they refused.
Rasheed was seen arguing with the police officer who had come to the spot to take him away.
The cops then started roughly dragging the activists towards the vehicles parked near the spot of sit-in protest.
The workers tried to resist the police action but were overpowered by the cops.
Rasheed branded the cops as “Hindustani agents,” when they started taking him away physically.
He asked the police officer to allow his party to continue sit-in protest. “We don’t have stones in our hands and we are staging peaceful strike,” he tried to reason out with police. However, the cops refused the demand and took all the activists including Rasheed towards Police Station Kothibagh.
Earlier, AIP spokesperson, Inam un Nabi said that Rasheed went in to hiding around 2 AM in the night to evade arrest. “Police raided our Jawahar Nagar residence at 4 AM but we had already left,” he said.
He added that several of AIP activists were detained on way to Srinagar from North and South Kashmir.