PDP Cavalcade Stoned at Budshah Chowk, 3 Hurt

SRINAGAR:  At least three persons were injured when dozens of youth attacked the cavalcade of a senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader at Budshah Chowk here on Saturday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said that PDP’s candidate for Amira Kadal Assembly Segment, Altaf Ahmad Bukhari, was returning home after filing his nomination papers at Deputy Commissioner’s Office when his cavalcade was attacked by youth with stones near Maisuma Bund this afternoon. Though Bukhari escaped unhurt, three of his supporters were injured in the attack.

“The attack created panic among PDP workers, who tried to save themselves from the wrath of Maisuma youth,” eyewitnesses said.

The police and paramilitary personal, who were deployed in the area in advance, swung into action and chased away stone-throwing youth.

The youths again appeared at Budshah Chowk and continued renewed attack on PDP sympathizers. Many vehicles were also damaged in the stone pelting.

A camera-person, who was covering the clashes, said that many PDP workers were roughed up by the youth. He said forces burst pepper and teargas shells after failing to disperse the stone pelting youth with batons.

“The forces managed to push the stone-throwing youth into the lanes and by-lanes of Maisuma, Red Cross road and Gawkadal. Soon, the interior parts of Maisuma were turned into a battleground, where slogans in favor of poll boycott was resonating” he said.

A police source said that a youth identified as Usman was hurt during clashes after he was hit by a teargas shell. The youth, he said, was stable.

Meanwhile, the shopkeepers downed their shutters in the area while the transport was also diverted to other routes. Reinforcements were rushed to the area to contain the spiraling protests. (GNS)

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