Protesting against ‘thrashing of policemen’, MLA faces police’s ire 

Bizarre it may seem but, Independent legislator Er Rasheed was detained on Monday by JK police after he led a protest against the thrashing of policemen by army soldiers, in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar.

Eight policemen were injured after army soldiers thrashed them and ransacked police station Gund in Ganderbal district on Friday night.

After Rasheed’s detention, traffic came to a standstill in Lal Chowk area with his workers surrounding the police van for over half an hour.

“Whole world should know what happened with policemen,” said Rasheed when asked by reporters why he staged the protest.

“Policemen should take an oath today that they won’t inflict brutalities on their own people,” he said.

Besides Rashid, scores of his  party workers marched from Polo View Srinagar to City Centre Lalchowk against the thrashing of policemen by army personnel in police station in Gund area of Ganderbal district during the intervening night of July 22 and 23.

Besides, his party workers, the protest march also witnessed the presence of two persons who had donned Jammu and Kashmir Police uniform and were bandaged to depict the thrashed cops.

Carrying banners, the protesters chanted slogans against the army. “Strict action should be taken against the army personnel who were involved in the thrashing of JK Police personnel,” Er Rasheed said.

Later, after MLA Langate who is also AIP chairman reached Ganta Ghar along with his party workers, he was stopped and bundled in a police vehicle by the police party from  Maisuma police station.

While being dragged inside the police vehicle, Rasheed raised slogans against the army and in favour of plebiscite- “Bharat se Rishta kya, Jabri Qabza aur kya and Hai haq Hamara Rai Shumari”

Meanwhile, Er Rasheed was also joined by local passersby and started responding to slogans.

Two party workers who were draped in police uniform and had put up bandage on forehead and arm were carrying  banners reading: “Hum wada kartay hain aaj ke baad hum Kashmiri bhayioon par zulm nahi karenge (We promise we will never use force against Kashmiri brothers.”

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