Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran ‘Assaulted’ During SMC Session 

SRINAGAR —  Deputy Mayor of Srinagar Sheikh Imran sustained injuries when one of the councilors hurled paper-weight (glass) at him during councilors session of SMC on Monday.

Official sources said that there was some scuffle and one of the councilors took the object and threw it at Imran who fell down and was removed to the hospital. 

The injured Deputy Mayor later said that the attack on him was ‘pre-planed’ by RSS, BJP backed Corporators.

Addressing a presser, Imran said the assault on him was planned by the BJP and RSS backed corporators. Imran alleged that the seating arrangement was not in order hence suspicious. “It was arranged in such a manner where we couldn’t have escaped in case of an attack. I have a ministerial status too but I was made to sit in between them as if everything had been planned accordingly to hit us”.

Imran said that he was attacked for speaking against BJP and anti-Hindutva campaigns. 

“From past one week, I am continuously being trolled by the ‘BJP, RSS army’ in the corporation,” he said, adding, “I will not bow down by such tactics, will continue to speak against corruption, injustice and voiceless.” 

He said further: “When I stood up for Question-Answer session, two corporators attacked me. I am committed to kicking out BJP from Kashmir,” he said.

Imran said the attackers are backed by BJP Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu but he will not allow them to follow BJP agenda in Kashmir. “Kashmiris will never accept their Hindutva politics,” Imran said.

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

“From the day first, I urged the administration to look into the issue of BJP, RSS sponsored Mayor but they turned deaf ears to the issue,” Imran said adding that even SMC Commissioner had become helpless.

“I am true Muslim, my corporators and people would not tolerate any attack on our religion by BJP and RSS sponsored people in Kashmir,” he said.

According to Imran, when he entered the hall, Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu along with some greedy corporators was ready to attack him.

“When I raised the slogans against corruption, I was attacked,” he said. “When I will get back to the office, I will fight again against corruption, injustice and be the voice of people.” 

Imran urged SMC corporators to resume their work and said police will take legal action against the assailants. “We will not fight or attack anyone as (BJP) they did,” he said.

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