One killed, dozen injured in police-mob clash

10/23/2019

MIRPUR (AJK)-One person was killed and scores others including policemen were injured as a result of a street battle between an unruly group of protestors and the police in AJK’s capital city Muzaffarabad on Tuesday.
The riot police clashed with the mob, comprising activists of Jammu & Kashmir People’s National Alliance, consists of over 27 Kashmiri nationalist political groups and organisations. The ill-fated person who lost life was identified as an elderly citizen Aslam Abbasi.
Police stormed the Central Press Club Muzaffarabad where the PNA leaders including its Central Chairman Raja Zulfiqar Ahmed were addressing news conference to unveil the objectives of holding of the protest demonstration on Tuesday. Several of the participants including journalists were wounded after the Police teargassed and forced entry into the Press Club building.
The AJK chief secretary has ordered an immediate high level probe into the incident including the alleged attack by the Police on central Press Club building situated at Bank Road.
Earlier, Police had rounded up at least two dozens of the demonstrating PNA activists when their Protest March attempted to move to Azad Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly Hall where the session was in progress to discuss the deteriorating Kashmir situation. The Police mob clash occurred when Police tried to stop the mob moving ahead by resorting to heavy baton charge besides teargassing the crowd to disperse.
Latest reports spoke of the arrest of dozens of PNA activists including the Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party SardarLiaquat Hayat Khan. The injured including local journalists were rushed to the hospital for medicare.
The J&K Public Rights Party’s Chairman ShehzadKhurshidRathore who was also affected by tear gas strongly condemned the police highhandedness and described it the state offensive.
J&KPNA Chariman Raja Zulfiqar Ahmed, Chairman of his own faction of Jammu Kashmir Liberal Front Sardar Muhammad Sagheer Khan, Secretary General of PNA SardarLiqauat Hayat Khan, Supreme Head of Liberation Front Rauf Kashmiri, Central President NSF Ibrar Latif, Senior Vice Chairman Liberation Front Raja Mazhar Iqbal earlier led the Protest March started from the AJK University Ground for the AJK Legislative Assembly Secretariat, where they had announced to stage a protest rally in support of their demand including the establishment of an independent and powerful join government comprising Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan without further delay.
The PNA also raised the demand of, what it called, the early grant of constitutional, political and economic rights to the people of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan
Meanwhile, addressing news conference at the State’s capital town late Tuesday, the PNA leaders including Chairman of the Alliance Raja Zulfiqar Ahmed demanded immediate judicial inquiry into the incident.“We will come again to the State’s metropolis,” Chairman PNA said, adding “we have decided to continue protest on 24th October.”