September 1, 2016 2:36:24 am
IN YET another instance of mainstream political leaders being targeted by protesters in Kashmir Valley, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rajya Sabha MP Nazir Ahmad Laway’s house in Kulgam district of south Kashmir was ransacked and the bungalow’s outhouse was set on fire Wednesday.
The protesters also set fire to the police guardroom.
No one was reported injured. While Laway is in Delhi with family members, some close relatives who were in the house escaped unhurt.
The security men also escaped. Four rifles of policemen at the outpost are reported missing.
Irtez Ahmad Laway, a relative of the MP, told The Indian Express that the protesters had come from different villages of Kulgam.
Reacting to the incident, opposition National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said in multiple tweets, “…Far from getting better things have taken an ugly turn today… Even though things looked calmer on the surface in civil lines areas of Srinagar, events today show that valley is still in deep crisis.”
Mainstream politicians have been targeted on several occasions since the ongoing round of unrest began across the Valley after Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8. Last week, the official residence of Congress’s Bandipora MLA Usman Majeed was attacked. No one was reported injured; Majeed was not home at the time.
On August 2, unidentified people hurdled a petrol bomb at state Education Minister Naem Akthar’s bungalow in Srinagar.
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