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NC condemns arrest spree of political leaders across Kashmir

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PDP leader booked for manhandling BJP worker in Rajouri

Srinagar/Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday condemned the arrest spree of mainstream political leaders in Kashmir.

The message from the results of DDC elections was loud and clear that it was the democracy that had triumphed, but far from doing justice with the people by respecting their decision, nasty tactics are being employed to undermine the verdict of people by witch-hunting of political leaders, said Party Spokesperson while condemning the arrest of Party leaders Hilal Akbar lone and Shabir Ahmed Kullay.

“Failing to make any mark in the recently concluded DDC polls and coaxing to win over crossovers democratically, the powers that be are now resorting to witch-hunting and undue intimidation of political leaders. The arrest of JKNC party leaders Hilal lone and Shabir Ahmed Kullay is a case in point. Kullay was arrested yesterday after he had led a DDC member to meet party high command. In another instance, Hilal Lone was also bundled out in Naidkhai area of north Kashmir. District President Shopian Showkat Ahmed Ganaie is also under detention for three days now; the grounds of detention have not been made known by the administration as yet,” he said demanding immediate release of detained leaders.

Meanwhile, senior PDP leader and former legislator Surinder Choudhary has been booked for allegedly manhandling a BJP worker in Rajouri district, police said on Friday.

A video of PDP workers led by Choudhary barging into a shop and beating a BJP worker, Ripu Daman, in the Nowshera area has gone viral on social media, prompting the police to take action.

A case has been registered against Chaudhary and investigation started, police officials said.

Daman has been was hospitslised following the attack, they said.

BJP leader Vibodh Gupta strongly condemned the assault on the party worker and said the PDP leadership has “lost the mental balance out of frustration”.

“Surinder Choudhary has crossed the limit and he will surely be punished as per the law of land, but at the same time his true face is exposed now before the masses, he said.

“Barbaric assault on BJP leader Ripu Daman by PDP leader Surinder Choudhary is to be seen as an act of terrorism at the behest of PDP’s top leadership,” Gupta said.

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