‘Sajjad Lone picks up quarrel with Er Rasheed’
Kupwara: Langate MLA Engineer Rasheed said on Sunday that social welfare minister Sajad Lone and Kupwara legislator Bashir Ahmad Dar tried to assault him during the district development board meeting at Kupwara.
“However the timely intervention of other ministers and MLAs prevented the situation from taking an ugly turn,” a spokesman of Rasheed’s Awami Itihad Party said.
“The incident took place while Rasheed reminded government of its commitment to investigate last year’s Handwara massacre which had resulted into death of five innocents, within stipulated time,” the spokesman said.
Rasheed lashed out at the government for not fulfilling the promise, although it had promised investigation will be completed within a month, the spokesman said.
“Mehbooba Mufti had promised jobs to family members of victims killed in the episode but it all proved just a false promise and her credibility got exposed. Rasheed also condemned the government and lashed out at ministers present in the meeting for spreading terror in the valley especially in Kupwara,” the spokesman said.
Quoting examples, he said that 27 innocents from Nutnussa were detained, humiliated and tortured for days together at Baramullah just for seeking dead body of a slain militant.
“Rasheed asked Abdul Haq Khan, rural development minister who was in the meeting, to explain what action has been taken against the killers of six year old Kaneeza in his constituency. Both Haq Khan and Sajad Lone accused Er Rasheed of encouraging stone pelters and acting like their spokesman,” the spokesman said.
Sajad Lone, he added, reacted sharply to Er Rasheed’s remarks and called him a militant sympathiser and Pakistani agent.
Rasheed responded with counter charges, accusing Lone of cheating his people and selling martyrs blood.
“He asked Sajad Lone to explain what he stands for and whether he has deviated from the mission of his late father or not. This irritated Sajad Lone and his colleague Bashir Ahmad Dar used abusive language and both tried to physically attack Er Rasheed, however they were stopped by the Ministers and MLAs standing nearby,” the spokesman said.
Rasheed later left the meeting halfway as a mark of protest against the “hooliganism of Sajad Lone and his colleagues”.
Reacting to Rasheed’s statement, Dar said, “It is a big lie and Rasheed went public about it because he has not been in news for many days now. He knows how to make hay while the sun shines. Yes, he did ask about the compensation of Handwara victims but only after the deputy commissioner told the meeting that government formally issued the order regarding the compensation of victims.”
“In response Sajad sahib told him that this meeting was about developmental issues and not making politics about the Handwara. I too joined him politely. He stood up from his seat and walked over from the meeting. DC sahib intervened and made him to return. He sat raised issues regarding his constituency which were all genuine. He left peacefully without any brawl,” Dar added.