BJP on Friday alleged that Jammu and Kashmir police had acted brutally against its workers who undertook the Ekta Yatra to hoist the national flag at Srinagar while giving soft treatment to separatist leaders like Yasin Malik.
"The Jammu and Kashmir police indulged in the worst form of human rights violations against our party workers. Our Uri assembly candidate in the last elections Halima Akhtar was picked up by the police and taken away blindfolded. She was tortured for three days and then dumped," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
Akhtar has received 10% burns, half her hair has been cut and she is now undergoing treatment in a hospital, he alleged.
BJP Yuva Morcha Chief Anurag Thakur, who led the Ekta Yatra, insisted that some of the youth wing workers had reached upto 20 metres of Lal Chowk in Srinagar before they were arrested.
He attacked the Centre and the state government, saying if an apology was not made for the alleged atrocities against the BJP youth wing workers, the party may take recourse to legal action.
"This yatra does not end here. We will take it to the people across the country. The weak Prime Minister has sided with the separatists," Thakur said.
He alleged JKLF Chief Yasin Malik was allowed to use his mobile, his supporters were offered cigarettes and tea by the police near Lal Chowk while BJP workers were brutally thrashed.
The injured BJP workers were paraded in front of the media by the party which also showed photographs of these workers to the press.
"Is it illegal to hoist the national flag? Is it a crime? The Jammu and Kashmir police should have provided us security and not used abusive language and used 3rd degree torture on us," Thakur said.
He wondered if BJP workers should met out the same treatment to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah when he visits Delhi.
Thakur denied the Ekta Yatra had created fissures among the people. "National duty (towards the tricolour) comes before political duty," he said.