In a rare incident, a ruling party legislator, Peer Afaq Ahmad, was beaten up by police personnel in Srinagar and booked for defying the curfew on Tuesday.
Ruling National Conference (NC) Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Zadibal constituency, Peer Afaq Ahmed, entered into an argument with curfew-enforcing police personnel at Srinagar’s Lal Bazaar area. The area’s roads are undergoing macadam work and drainage construction is also underway.
“I urged cops to allow the labourers to work. Instead, they ignored my pleas and assaulted me,” alleged Ahmed.
The MLA took up the issue with the party leadership. “I’ll see that the erring cops are taken to the task,” said Ahmad.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and policemen had objected to the construction work of a drain near Salfia Masjid on the Lal Bazar-Hazratbal road. The legislator intervened and asked labourers to resume work. This irked the cops.
“This is complete highhandedness. The police personnel pointed guns at me and assaulted me,” said Ahmad, adding the police filed a case against me.
The legislator and some cops scuffled and physically assaulted each other. A case of defying the curfew and assaulting policemen have been registered against the MLA.
“If the area was under curfew, no construction work should have been carried out,” said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, S.M Sahai.