Omar Abdullah's Close Aide Kicks Off A Storm As Video Shows Him 'beating A Worker'

3 September 2014
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's close aide Nasir Aslam Wani has landed in trouble after a video showing him beating a National Conference party worker in Ganderbal went viral on Tuesday. Wani, however, denied the charges and described the footage as 'doctored'. Sources said Wani, who is provincial president of the National Conference in Kashmir region, reportedly lost his cool when two groups clashed with each other during the party's convention in the district. Wani is apparently seen kicking one of his party workers. Sources said personal security guards of Wani's stopped another worker who tried to confront the leader. Later, party workers raised anti-National Conference slogans. Wani said there was a scuffle between the two groups over a minor issue and he intervened to bring order. 'I don't deny that I have not intervened. But I have not touched anyone,' he said, adding the video is doctored. He said no one was injured in the incident, and 'above all no one has registered a complaint.' 'This was an internal matter of the party and we resolved it there and then. There was no violence,' he added. The incident marred the otherwise successful convention of the party in Ganderbal district, which has been the bastion of the Abdullahs. On Tuesday, NC leaders including Wani opened an attack against PDP in Ganderbal, accusing it of orchestrating bloodshed in the Valley to garner votes. The NC's move was seen as significant as Omar had contested the 2008 Assembly election from Ganderbal constituency. Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party described the incident as 'parting kick to the people and especially people of Ganderbal, once the pocket borough of the Abdullah family'. Naeem Akhtar, the PDP spokesman said, the incident was symbolic of the crisis the NC was facing as the chief minister is finding it difficult to find a safe constituency to contest elections.