Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s cavalcade was stoned on Saturday minutes after she paid a visit to the family of a youth, Mashooq Ahmad, who had been shot dead by government forces, in Kond, a remote village in south Kashmir.
Mehbooba, accompanied by her uncle and PDP general secretary Sartaj Madni, flew in a chopper that landed at the camp of army’s 9 RR battalion before driving to the village in a vehicle, about 2km from the camp.
Mashooq, 19, was shot dead by the forces during a protest that erupted after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani. The protesters had set ablaze a police post following his killing.
By the time the chief minister left, after offering condolences to the family, the word spread in the nearby hamlets that Mehbooba had come to the village.
Announcement was made from mosque public address system, asking people to march towards the house. However, the protesters were intercepted by the government forces who fired teargas canisters and resorted to baton charge.
As the clash was on, Mehbooba’s cavalcade passed by and was attacked with stones, Kashmir Reader learnt. Mehbooba then left in the chopper.
The angry protesters, however, later marched to and set ablaze the house of PDP block president Gulzar Ahmad, who is learnt to have facilitated Mehbooba’s visit to the bereaved family.
The police detained three persons on charges of pelting the CM’s cavalcade with stones, triggering fresh protests.