Intruders storm J&K House to protest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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  • Updated: Oct 09, 2012 01:42 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly witnessed high drama on Monday after two men jumped from the public gallery into the well of the House, raising slogans against "non-implementation" of government schemes for unemployed youngsters.

A third protesters shouted slogans from the public gallery, waving a flag of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Front, a new party floated by rebel BJP MLA Jagdish Raj Sapolia.

The unprecedented protest that began around 10.30am ended within 10 minutes after assembly marshals overpowered the protesters - Manish Khajuria, Ambedkar Gupta and Sunny Malhotra.

All three are from Jammu region and in their mid-20s.

"We wanted to raise the issues faced by the youth," said Khajuria.

Sapolia, who was among the seven BJP MLAs expelled from the party last year on charges of cross-voting in the legislative council polls, had given the passes to the trio.

"I had no knowledge of what they were going to do. It was a breach of trust and I condemn the incident."

CM Omar Abdullah said, "It's important to condemn this disruption. The law will take its own course."

Police have detained the protesters, but not charged them, on the orders of speaker Akbar Lone till Wednesday.


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