Dr.Farooq’s Visit Provokes Protests in Botengo


Dr Farooq Abdullah turned up in Zahid Bhat’s home to offer condolences with his party GS, Ali Mohammad Sagar.
SRINAGAR: Former chief minister and National Conference patron, Dr. Farooq Abdullah  was hackled Wednesday when he visited the family of Zahid Rasool Bhat, who succumbed to injuries after being set afire by a Hindu right wing mob in Udhampur district earlier this month.
Eyewitnesses said that a group of women blocked the lane leading to Zahid’s house in Botengo and staged a protest soon after former chief minister emerged in the area.
 “As Farooq Abdullah emerged in the hamlet a woman, injured by gunfire during 2010 protests in the town, came in infront of NC patron and blocked his way. Soon, other people, mostly women gathered around her and raised slogans against him.
“The woman had been injured in her leg due to a gunfire that she received during 2010 protests. She asked Farooq Abdullah that why he didn’t visit her home after she suffered the injury and was not paid any compensation by his government,” the witness said.
The protest prompted women police to charge them with canes. One of the injured protester identified as Zahida Jan was shifted to local hospital for treatment,” eyewitnesses said.
At least four women and a lady constable were injured, according to CNS.
“He (Abdullah) is here to play politics over the whole episode. Weren’t people of Valley harassed by the Hindu goons of Jammu during their reign?” a resident asked.
However, later some seniors of the locality intervened and pacified the protestors after which they let in Abdullah to Zahid’s house.
It was reported the National Conference leaders spent some five minutes with the father of the slain youth and expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.
Farooq was flanked by other party leaders, including Ali Mohammad Sagar and Nasir Sogami.

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