Srinagar, March 9: An Aam Aadmi Party road show today came under attack from stone-throwing youths at North Kashmir’s Bandipore district, triggering panic in the area.
It is not clear who threw the stones. AAP leaders, however, blamed local political rivals and not pro-aazaadi youths who are usually behind such incidents. No one was injured.
“AAP activists were forced to flee the spot and some later took refuge in a police station,” a police officer said. A case has been registered against unknown stone-throwers and an inquiry started.
Raja Muzaffar, the AAP candidate for Srinagar constituency, said some youths targeted the road show as it was under way.
“Thankfully, no one was injured. There are reports that local political rivals from mainstream parties were involved and we have reports that police have identified them,” Muzaffar, who will take on Union minister Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar, said.
He said a party convention earlier held at the town hall had passed off peacefully. The meeting was addressed by Muzaffar and Nazir Mir, the party candidate for Baramulla.
The stone-throwing incident has come a day after suspected militants killed Ghulam Mohammad Dar, an 80-year-old muezzin, at Dangerpora village of Pulwama district.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal committed a gaffe at his rally in Ahmedabad yesterday when he paid homage to four RTI activists, of whom three are alive, PTI reported today.
He started his speech by reading an obituary note in which he named Amit Jethwa, Bhagu Dewani, Jaysukh Bhambhaniya and Manisha Goswami.
Of the four activists, only Jethwa is dead. He was killed on July 20, 2010, in front of Gujarat High Court.
Dewani, a lawyer from Porbandar district, said: “I am likely to join AAP very soon. Kejriwal can provide good leadership to RTI activists like us.”