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Cong leader held for stone-pelting

india Updated: Jul 16, 2010 23:40 IST
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The Jammu and Kashmir police arrested a Congress leader last week in Baramulla for allegedly indulging in stone pelting.

"He took part in the latest protests in the town and indulged in stone pelting," said Baramulla SSP Sheikh Mehmood.

35-year-old Manzoor Ahmad Fafoo contested the 2005 Municipal Council polls from the Khawajabagh area on Congress ticket.

Mehmood, however, added: "Fafoo is not a hardcore stone thrower, but has taken part in protests more than once during the past days of unrest."

Although repeated attempts to contact state Congress chief Saifuddin Soz — with whom Manzoor is reportedly close — failed, state Congress vice president GN Monga said: "Manzoor is innocent. He is a well-read man. During the 2005 elections, he got a good number of votes and lost by a very small margin," he said.

But Mehmood said: "We know who all are involved in stone pelting. The family has applied for his bail and he may be released soon."