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PDP indulging in electoral malpractices: NC leader

Opposition National Conference leader Ali Mohammad Sagar has charged the ruling PDP with indulging in electoral malpractices.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2004 05:38 PM IST

Describing as 'white lies' the claim of Director-General of Police that he was released on bail after his arrest on Monday for hooliganism during polling, opposition National Conference leader Ali Mohammad Sagar on Tuesday charged the ruling party with indulging in electoral malpractices.

"PDP President Mehbooba Mufti tore the veil of a woman. I want to know in what capacity. Where is the rule of law and slogans of peace with dignity," Sagar told reporters in Srinagar.

Sagar, who was party candidate Omar Abdullah's chief polling agent described as 'white lies' DGP Gopal Sharma's claim during a press conference on Monday that he was arrested for hooliganism and subsequently released on bail.

"As soon as I left my residence, the superintendent (North), Dy Superintendent and SHO were following me. I was told that I have to be taken into preventive custody as people, who were prevented from casting their votes started raising slogans," he said adding he was allowed to leave the police station without a fir being filed in his presence.

Sharma had said Sagar was arrested for hooliganism at a polling station and later released on bail. He said an FIR was also registered against him.

Sagar said the fir must have been lodged later as a face saving attempt by the police and nobody posted a bail on his behalf.

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