Azadi slogans force Mehbooba Mufti to walk out of rally

The women, members of Self-Help Groups formed under the Umeed project of the State Rural Livelihood Mission, had been brought to SKICC here for “training” on different arts and crafts.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: May 17, 2017 8:54 am
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J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was forced out of the biggest all-woman rally held by her government after the participants, angry at her presence, started shouting slogans of azadi on Tuesday. The programme was cut short after she left.

Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) here for “training” on different arts and crafts.

“We were told we would attend training and that some officers had come specially for the purpose. We were informed we would also be told what we had to do in the future,” said a woman participant, who did not want to be named. “But when we saw the Chief Minister, we got angry.”

Another woman participant said, “They are trying to exploit us. They are trying to use us for political reasons. How can we tolerate this? Our youth have been killed. They are being beaten every day.”

Mufti, who had to leave 20 minutes after the programme began on Tuesday morning, played down what had happened. “Women were present in large numbers and probably a woman fainted. Others panicked. It is an important event. It was not managed well,” she said.

Security officials said they had apprehended trouble at the venue and advised the CM not to attend the function.

The contingent from south Kashmir, the hotbed of militancy now, first raised objection to Mufti’s presence, accusing officials of deceiving them in the name of training. As the women, numbering in hundreds, raised slogans, police bundled them into vehicles and sent them back to their villages. Sources said police officials then went looking for women from Pulwama district to move out.

After this, other women started protesting, flinging chairs and shouting azadi slogans. “She (Mufti) inspected the stalls and then went to the dais,” said an official present at the venue. “Some women were starting to narrate success stories when suddenly chairs were thrown and there were slogans. Nobody could grasp what was happening. Some thought there was a militant attack. She (Mufti) kept watching this from the dais but when women started to cross the security barricades, the security guards whisked her away.”

After the CM left, the women stormed out of the SKICC hall shouting ‘Hum kya chahte: azadi (We want freedom)’. In the melee, a few women were injured while some of them fainted.

Taking a dig at Mufti on her statement about the incident, former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted she was “living in denial”.

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    l s
    May 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm
    Give these people shouting for azadi the pellet guns. They will be silienced then only.
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      SP
      May 17, 2017 at 11:23 am
      The majority community of India is watching carefully what is happening in Kashmir. There will not be another par ion of India at least in this century.
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        Masood Mian
        May 17, 2017 at 11:19 am
        Mehbooba Mufti CHUMCHI E AZAM
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          Kamal Pasha
          May 17, 2017 at 11:18 am
          Kashmiris should not cooperate with this government a all.
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            Mohammad Dar
            May 17, 2017 at 11:44 am
            Muslims have nothing to do with hogs of hinduism racism, in human form.
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            indian man
            May 17, 2017 at 11:04 am
            This is Muslim power, they can challenge anybody. If same thing was done by Hindu than they were crushed by military.
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              Test
              May 17, 2017 at 11:40 am
              Reminds me of a dialogue from a movie. Give me 5 illitrate and I can send them to any country to kill hundreds -- Refrencing to Kasab. What a shame that muslims in this world are only known for kil others and if there are no other religions around then they kill within them self. What a shame. Take the name of Ram and give up this fake religion of middle east. Your older generations were Hindu and they were raped, forcefully converted to islam. You are free now, come back our lost brother.
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                indian man
                May 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                Some people can only bark but act. But Muslims first act than bark
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              l s
              May 17, 2017 at 10:44 am
              This is the direct result of both, the state govt and the central govt, not taking any action on the seperatist leaders. Every Indian was shouting at the top of their voices to arrest these leaders , only then peace would return to the valley. Govt's ignored. Our politicians are fools. They know very well who is creating these problems among the civilians, but still went on ignoring it. Now, face the situation, for being ignorant or in-active. Pleasing these anti-nationals is not going to work anymore. Only one solution, arrest them and keep them in jail for 15 months. This is the only remedy left now. If again this is ignored, then see these activities spreading in other parts of the country. This is more important and easy than attacking on the borders.
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                SANKAR
                May 17, 2017 at 10:20 am
                THANKS INDIAN EXPRESS THE ISLAMIC EXPRESS OF THIS UNIVERSE
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                  Speak India
                  May 17, 2017 at 9:13 am
                  Award WAPSI crowd is delighted to hear the news, they have forced everybody to tolerate all nonsense of secularists.
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                    prem s
                    May 17, 2017 at 8:31 am
                    When will government take action against the seperatists elements who take funds from stan to incite demonstrations and violence in Kashmir.
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                      qwe
                      May 17, 2017 at 8:28 am
                      Ra@@pe this mother ing Muslim ladies kil them give them azzaddi for ever
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                        Mohammad Dar
                        May 17, 2017 at 10:45 am
                        hindu ugly face of hindrance to truth hinduism immorality, known as a faith of , hindus immoral s, in human form.
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                          Test
                          May 17, 2017 at 11:42 am
                          Why would you say such a terrible thing!! Why rape any women!!!! Also I would personally not ever touch a muslim women and even if I touch them by mistake I will have to take a dip in holy water. Don't make your hands dirty!
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                            indian man
                            May 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm
                            Sir, hate religion or community but please don't hate human being.
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                          ckm
                          May 17, 2017 at 7:20 am
                          If Mufti madam has tackled the problem with a strong hand from the beginning, she would have received got bouquets instead of brickbats. Women suffer more under lawlessness and CM should have known.
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                            Mohammad Dar
                            May 17, 2017 at 7:10 am
                            Living with an animal self centered by nature , makes a person unclean and made to wash himself, to avoid hindrance to truth of hinduism danger of hinduism disease, so does ociation with a hindu immoral indec self centered , proclaimed son of a hindu crooked languor in a human form, She is not in following of commandment to be free of hindusism racism being , in ociation with hindus terrorist of hindrastan, dump of hinduism racism by faith, called india, she has to disassociate herself from ociating herself with hogs of hinduism racism by faith, because they have nothing to offer to the humanity, but hindu filthy disease hinduism racism by faith, not of human beings, but fabricated by the hindu criminal hyenas of hinduism racism by faith, of hindu dark ages, it is better to be a human being in civility of human equality, than a hind filthy hog of hinduism racism by faith, tied to end of a rope, held by the hindu beast hyena , in human form, known as a Brahman.
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                              bap of jihadi md dar
                              May 17, 2017 at 8:59 am
                              hi beta aaj allah ne piche se kitni bar mara tha tumhe namaj padhte samay ,aur hafij se paise liye ya nai
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                              M. Srivastava
                              May 17, 2017 at 6:09 am
                              Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is sincere and a smart lady she must be aided. India now has a formidable military machine and Shri Modi if he uses the brilliant Indians can solve this problem and also bring the Kashmiri Brahmins back. Many external and internal forces are trying to prevent this and all Indians must join up and frustrate them. India has 1.3 billion people which gives us great human resources. The Govt. should draw plans to get POK back, since every inch of our territory is sacred.
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                                Mohammad Dar
                                May 17, 2017 at 7:13 am
                                Sure why not, it will take about 10 of the stock pile of Nuclear Bombs, to eradicate 1,3 billion hindus roaches, left with more than 100 nuclear bombs, enough to eradicate left over, and friends of hindus hyenas by faith, in human form.
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                                  bap of jihadi md dar
                                  May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am
                                  re murakh 1.3 billion me sirf hindu hi nai h ,aur jo galat padhai tumahre bap jihadi hafij ne padhai h usme sudhar kro
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                                    SANKAR
                                    May 17, 2017 at 10:19 am
                                    TU APNA MA KO BE NAHI EGA....................
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                                  George Cruz
                                  May 17, 2017 at 4:22 am
                                  The Kashmir Sunni Muslim separatist Islamic Jihadists ultimate aim is to establish another Islamic Caliphate in Kashmir but they call it 'azadi, 'Kashmiriyat', 'wishes of Kashmiri people', 'peace dialogue','Va ayee wishes'.....blah..blah...blah....which the Indian citizens would never accept because the J&K is and has been an integral part of India. India can't forget the destruction, terror/kil committed by the ungrateful/barbaric/illiterate Muslims for the last 65 years by the earlier Islamic Caliphate called Pak carved out of greater India in 1947.
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                                    Mohammad Dar
                                    May 17, 2017 at 7:18 am
                                    Keep on dreaming and uming hinduism absurdities while high on cow cola, hogs of hinduism racism by faith, have no other choice but to leave Kashmir in one pieace, or they will be shipped out in body bags, on hindus criminals by faith expanse, to be on the dinner table of a hindu beast of hinduism illegality, in human form, god of hind ignorant, known as a Agori, Because there is no good hindu neanderthal but, a dead hindu on a payer of fire.
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                                      bap of jihadi md dar
                                      May 17, 2017 at 9:01 am
                                      beta aaj allah ne piche se jyada kia h lagta h islie jyada dard ho rha h , stani ab indian paper padhte h ,chlo tumahre porki me papar acha nai aata h
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