Farooq Addresses Election Rally In Hajin Amid Clashes

17 April 2014
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Amid shutdown and clashes, NC president Farooq Abdullah addressed people at North Kashmir's Bandipora on Thursday and castigated BJP and PDP of being the followers of same ideology. The youth fought ding-dong battles with the police today ahead of Farooq's visit. Youth in groups assembled in the main market of Hajin Bandipora and protested against the visit of NC president. The shopkeepers downed shutters of their shops and transport services remained affected. At main bridge of Hajin, group of youth stopped vehicles ferrying NC supporters and made them to return without joining rally of the NC leaders. The youth were checking the identity cards of the pedestrians crossing the Hajin bridge and NC supporters were not allowed to move ahead. Meanwhile, Farooq flanked by senior NC leader Mohammad Akbar Lone, Lok Sabha candidate for Baramulla Sharief-ud-Din Shariq addressed the people. He said policies of PDP have always been against the interests of the state and that the credit the party is taking for the opening of Mughal road and Muzarrafabad route is a mere 'hoax'. 'The reality is that NC strived for the opening of the road links and since 1974 our party took strong steps to resolve Kashmir.' Farooq said when he visited Pakistan earlier, he urged the then establishment of the country to have cordial relations with India so that the settlement of the pending issues could be looked into. 'If PDP claims to have opened Mughal road, why Mufti never tried to travel via the route. It was my son Omar who drove the vehicle on the Mughal road.' He also took a jibe at BJP's prime ministerial Narendra Modi claiming that his policies are anti-Muslims. 'He (Modi) wore every cap except that of a Muslim. His agenda is the ethnic cleansing of Muslims and we won't let that happen. PDP is the reflection of Modi in the state and that every vote for PDP gets counted in Modi's account.' Later, when NC leaders left the venue, the clashes between protesters and police erupted again in Hajin area of Bandipora. Police had to fire several rounds in air to disperse the mob that turned violent during the clashes. The cops also lobbed tear smoke shells to thwart the protests.