3 youth jump into Kashmir assembly, spark chaos
Three youth on Monday jumped into the ongoing state assembly session in Srinagar, triggering chaos and a rough chase from marshals. The incident has the security under scanner as to how three youth managed to reach the public gallery with an intention to storm onto the floor of assembly. HT reportschandigarh Updated: Oct 08, 2012 15:22 IST
Three youth on Monday jumped into the ongoing state assembly session in Srinagar, triggering chaos and a rough chase from marshals. The incident has the security under scanner as to how three youth managed to reach the public gallery with an intention to storm onto the floor of assembly.
Around 10:30am, three unidentified youth jumped from the public gallery when the session was on, taking MLAs, state ministers and the speaker by surprise. One of the three youth almost reached the well of the house close to treasury and opposition benches. But he was overpowered by marshals.
The youth were taken away and put up in a room inside the assembly. The identity and the motive could not be ascertained as the security wing is interrogating the youth.
When the trio jumped onto the assembly floor from several feet high public gallery, they were shouting something that went unheard because of the chaotic scenes. The security is trying to find if they were carrying black flags.
Speaker Akbar Lone has asked for a detailed report from the authorities on the incident that has
embarrassed the government. Lone asked for the identification of those who issued entry passes to them who "injured the sanctity of house".
Chief minister Omar Abdullah said the youths came with legitimate passes issued by an MLA, who was present in the House when the "drama took place".
"So, it is important that while we condemn this disruption, we don't certainly need to blow it out of proportion," Omar said.
"The law will follow its own course and as ordered by the speaker, the Assembly secretariat will do what it has to do," he said.
The chief minister said he was not sure about which economic policies the detained youths were talking about.
"We are not sure what policies they are talking about because there are a number of employment policies which are being implemented in the state," he said.
"Unemployment continues to be a problem. No one denies that. There are more than six lakh unemployed youth with various educational qualifications....unemployment perhaps is the second largest problem in the state for maintenance of security and law and order," he said.
First Published: Oct 08, 2012 11:50 IST