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Mob attacks PDP lawmaker’s house in Kashmir’s Kulgam, sets ablaze guard quarters

A mob on Wednesday attacked the house of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nazir Ahmad Laway, setting on fire the guard’s quarters in the premises in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2016 20:22 IST
Ashiq Hussain
Nazir Ahmad Laway
The house of PDP MP Nazir Ahmad Laway was attacked by a mob in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on August 31, 2016. The angry crowd set ablaze the guards’ quarters. (ANI)

A mob on Wednesday attacked the house of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nazir Ahmad Laway, setting on fire the guard’s quarters in the premises in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Police said Laway, a Rajya Sabha member, and his family were not in the house when it was attcked.

Superintendent of Police Kulgam, Mohammad Arshad said that the protesters set ablaze the quarters which housed the police personnel who guard the house of the Parliamentarian. “The quarters were completely gutted,” Arshad said.

He said that the guards did not fire at the mob to avoid any loss of life.

Kashmir has been on boil since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani in an encounter in south Kashmir on July 8.

Clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir valley since then have left 71 people dead and thousands injured. Many deaths have taken place in south Kashmir considered a stronghold of ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

A teenager was killed when security forces fired at stone-throwing protesters in north Kashmir on Wednesday after curfew was lifted from the entire Valley after 53 days.

The attack on Laway’s house on Wednesday was the fourth time a PDP politician’s house was attacked by angry crowds since July 9 when curfew was clamped across the region to contain the spiralling protests.

The house of PDP legislator from south Kashmir’s Kokernag, Abdul Rahim Rather was torched on July 9, a day after Wani’s killing.

The house of Shopian MLA and PDP leader, MY Bhat was attacked by a mob which set ablaze the security guard room and a motorcycle in south Kashmir on August 17.

On August 1, petrol bombs were hurled at the house of education minister and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar who was not in the house at the time of attack.