Protests follow Akhtar’s Kokernag visit

Protests follow Akhtar’s Kokernag visit
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Anantnag: Protests were held on Saturday afternoon in Kokernag area of Anantnag district against the visit of state cabinet minister and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar.
Akhtar, the minister for public works, had come to Kokernag to inaugurate a road under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY).
Local sources said that the venue for the inauguration was near the Government Degree College in Virkemoo area of Kokernag.
“He was hooted at by students of the college when the inauguration ceremony was in progress,” a local source told Kashmir Reader.
Fortunately for the minister, by the time the students came out of the college to stage protests, he had already left for Srinagar.
The students, as per sources, raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans outside the college.
“The policemen deployed in the area tried to chase away the sloganeering students, who pelted stones in response. The stone-pelting continued for a while before the situation returned to normal,” the sources told Kashmir Reader.
Nobody was injured during the stone-throwing.
Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag Altaf Khan told Kashmir Reader that nothing worth a mention happened during the minister’s visit.
“No, nothing of this sort happened there,” Khan said when asked about the student protests.
Today’s incident was the second such in just over a month’s time.
On July 22, violent clashes had erupted while Akhtar visited a government school in Saalia area of Pahalgam.
Though the police had denied the violence, Akhtar had used his Twitter handle to write about the incident.




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