JAMMU: MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Tuesday staged walk-out from the assembly stating that he had not been provided reply to his question of seeking tunnel at Sadhna Top.
Rasheed said that if government was not sincere for construction of tunnel to make Karnah and Tanghdar areas accessible all-year, “the people of that place should be allowed to migrate to Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK)”.
Recently a passenger vehicle was hit by an avalanche near Khoni Nallah which resulted in the death of nine passengers. The region remains cut-off from the valley for almost five months due to heavy snowfall.
“Keep this land with yourself, but let the people cross over to PaK,” Rasheed said, addressing the treasury benches.
This infuriated BJP MLA Ravinder Raina, and Rasheed engaged in a verbal fight with him. “It will happen,” Raina claimed, without satisfying MLA Langate, who raised a big banner seeking tunnel for Tanghdar.
PDP’s MLA Karnah, Raja Manzoor, also raised the demand during in his speech.
Responding to the demand of Rasheed, PDP minister A R Veeri, said that the demand for tunnel was under consideration, while the government has announced rupees 40 lakh rupees as compensation for the kin of those who died from an avalanche near Khooni Nallah.
Later, Rasheed was marshalled out of the lower house of Jammu and Kashmir Legislature when he raised the issue of “detaining cricketers in Bandipora”.
As per the reports at least four cricketers were detained after a video had gone viral on social media showing two teams lining up for Pakistani anthem in Arin Bandipora in North Kashmir
“What sin have those youth committed if they played Pakistani anthem during their match,” Rasheed said, walking up to the treasury benches in the lower house.
He alleged “mis-governance” was the reason behind such incidents.
Following the protest by MLA Langate, speaker Kavinder Gupta directed marshals to take him out of the House.
During the question hour, MLA Bandipora Usman Majeed also raised the issue of cricketers detained. He asked the government to release them immediately.