Handwara: Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh on Friday challenged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to prove him wrong for the reason that even withdrawing FIR has become an industry for many in the entire Kashmir.
According to the statement issued here, AIP spokesman said that the protests continued till late Thursday evening in Langate area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district following the ‘dragging and humiliation’ of MLA Langate, Er Rasheed and slapping PSA on three youth identified as Aashiq Hussain Ganaie, Adul. Rashid Khan and Irshad Ahmad Parra.
AIP spokesman said that besides Er Rasheed, several including women protestors got injured and many suffered pellet injuries including a lady at Ganapora Langate when police used force and pellet guns to disperse the protesters.
“Situation remained tense till late night in main Langate town, Kralgund, Supernaghama, Unisoo and Qalamabad where people were protesting against highhandedness of police,” the spokesman said.
However, Er Rasheed as per the statement was released later in the night after receiving assurance from Chief Minister that the PSA will be revoked soon against the three youth and till the order of revocation the three youth will be shifted to nearby sub-jail from Kotbhalwal where they have been lodged.
After his release from police station Handwara, Er Rasheed thanked people of Langate for their peaceful resentment against the highhandedness of police and said that “we will never succumb to the atrocities and inhuman attitude of local police, who are unfortunately trying to prove themselves as more loyal than the king.”
Addressing a gathering in Handwara after his release, Er Rasheed appealed the cops of J&K police not to forget that they are the sons of the soil and some vested elements within the top ranks are trying to involve them in infighting with their own people. Er Rasheed reminded Mehbooba Mufti of her announcement granting amnesty to stone pelters and challenged her to prove him wrong for the reason that even withdrawing FIR has become an industry for many in the valley.