Protests rock CM’s constituency, highway blocked
One more Kashmiri truck driver was attacked by a mob in Udhmapur, triggering protests in Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s Anantnag constituency on Sunday.
As soon as a truck driver, Sayar Ahmad Nayak of Mir Bazaar was attacked and injured by a mob in Udhampur, returned to his home town, people staged protest demonstrations and blocked the highway against the attack on him.
The injured Sayar said he was attacked by a group of around 20 people with petrol bombs at Udhampur Sunday morning when he was on his way to Kashmir from Punjab.
He said he got injured and his truck bearing Registration No JK18-4092 was also damaged when the mob attacked him.
He alleged that Police at Udhampur did not file an FIR in the case.
“I went to the police soon after I was attacked but police did not file any case. Now I have filed an FIR in a local police station,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, DC Anantnag Muneer-ul-Islam visited the spot and confirmed that protesters blockade roads at Mir Bazaar.
“Protests were held but soon the roads were opened and traffic was resumed after I pacified the protesters,” he said. KNS
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Sunday clarified that no fresh incident of attack on Kashmir-bound vehicle has been reported along the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Terming the reports of fresh attack as rumours, Shahid said no such incident had been reported after three persons had been attacked by petrol bombs by the members of rightwing parties in Udhampur on Friday evening.
He said elaborate security arrangements were in place and deployment along the Srinagar-Jammu highway had been enhanced by the district police.
DC Udmapur said teams of policemen in civil clothes were also maintaining vigilance against any attempts to visited the peaceful atmosphere in the district.
Clarifying the news reports in circulation on social media regarding attack on a vehicle by miscreants in Udhampur today, the DC said no such incident had occurred or reported in the district however before the attack on Anantnag bound truck the group of youth, already under arrest, had pelted a stone on passenger vehicle Tavera when the passengers escaped unhurt and attack on truck was followed which was in the interior of town on old highway.
The persons arrested in the incident have been booked in FIR No 368/2015Good u/s 307/435/427/336/337/147/148/149/120-B Rpc 3/5 explosive substance Act and process has been initiated for booking them under Public Safety Act.
Meanwhile, responding to a question on security arrangements it was informed that adequate security arrangements were in place to thwart any such attempt to disturb the peaceful atmosphere or inflict damage to life and property.
DIG Udhampur-Reasi range is personally monitoring the security deployment and arrangements and also confidence building measures have been taken.