SRINAGAR: Yasir Reshi, president of the Bandipora unit of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said on Wednesday he will resign from the upper house of the state legislature if allegations made by his party colleague that “some PDP workers get innocent youth arrested and demand money from their parents for their release” were true.
A local news agency had reported that PDP’s Sumbal block president Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri had accused party workers of acting as brokers, who first get innocent youth arrested and then seek money from their parents for release.
“These allegations are baseless. But if the man who has accused my party of these allegations can name any party worker and prove the allegations, I will resign as an MLC. I am sure nothing like that has happened. Some people may have used him (Qadri) to make such a statement,” Yasir told Kashmir Reader.
Asked why allegations were levelled by his own party man, Yasir said, “Provocateurs can use anybody. My party is not an exception.”
Qadri had said that police were receiving money from some PDP workers to release arrested youth. “This is a big mafia that needs to be exposed,” Qadri was quoted as saying.
Qadir had resigned from the party while making his allegations. He said, “The ugliest part is that some PDP workers have become active and are minting money from the hapless poor parents. This is not what PDP stands for. I have decided to resign from the party.”
Qadri said that the present situation clearly indicates that PDP in connivance with BJP is hell-bent on ruining the future of Kashmiri youth. “Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti… has digressed from her path and it has brought a bad name to the party,” Qadri had said.
Police officers in Bandipora said that Qadri’s allegations were untrue.