5 AAP activists injured in Kashmir

At least five Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists were injured when unknown people attacked their rally with stones in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Sunday.

Reports said scores of AAP activists led by party’s candidate for Srinagar Parliamentary constituency Raja Muzaffar Bhat were attacked by people in Bandipora town, 56 km from here during a road show.

Eyewitness told Deccan Herald over phone that as soon as the AAP rally reached the market place, some unidentified people pelted stones at them injuring five workers and damaging their vehicle. They said that the AAP workers and leaders could not resist and ran away.

Sources said the complaint has been lodged against few local political activists. “Hundreds of AAP activists led by Dr Raja Muzzafer were taking out a rally towards main market, before we reached Gulshan Chowk, few unidentified group of youth hurled stones towards the rally,” Mir Mushtaq who represents AAP in the district told reporters.

He confirmed that five AAP workers received injuries.

Meanwhile, several criminal charges including allegation of molesting a woman in central Kashmir’s Budgam district have surfaced against Bhat, who is a known Right to Information Act (RTI) activist in Kashmir.

He has been accused of outraging the modesty of a woman in a scuffle in Branwar locality of Chadoora in Budgam district in 2010. After court directions, police registered a case under various sections of the Ranbir Panel Code against Bhat and his associates. They were arrested on March 12, 2010 but were released on bail. “Chargesheet against Bhat and other accused has been filed in the court,” a police officer said.

However, the accused said that they had gone to Branwar to hold public education meetings on the J&K RTI Act. 

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