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Srinagar deputy mayor allegedly assaulted by corporators

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Srinagar, Jan 21: The deputy mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation was injured Monday after he was allegedly assaulted by corporators inside the corporation’s building here, officials said.

Sheikh Imran was attacked after an argument broke out between him and a group of corporators over the functioning of the civic body this morning, an aide of Imran said.

“The deputy mayor was assaulted by the corporators. He was injured and had to be rushed to a hospital,” he said.

Imran received few stitches after a corporator threw some object at him during a council meeting of the SMC earlier today, he said.

An official at the Shaheed Gunj police station said they have taken cognizance of the incident and an investigation is underway.

Imran, who won the civic body polls as an independent candidate, was elected as the deputy mayor with the backing of the Congress.

The corporation has seen several controversies in the short span of two months with a female corporator levelling allegations of sexual harassment against Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu last month.

Meanwhile, addressing a presser, Imran said the assault on him was pre-planned by the “BJP and RSS backed” corporators.

“I will not be cowed down by such tactics. I will continue to speak against corruption and injustice,” he said, adding that he was attacked for speaking against BJP and Hindutva campaigns.

He also said the corporators who attacked him were backed by SMC mayor.

He appealed to Governor Satya Pal Malik and Chief Secretary to look into the matter.

“From the first day, I urged the administration to look into the issue of BJP, RSS sponsored mayor but they turned dead ear to my pleas,” he claimed.

Imran said from past one week, he was continuously being trolled by the “BJP, RSS army” in the corporation.

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