Srinagar: Awami Itehaad Party volunteers took to streets in Srinagar today and protested against the assault on Er. Rasheed inside assembly yesterday. Protesters led by senior party leader Zeeshan Pandith were holding black flags and posters raising slogans denouncing the violent behavior of Dy. Speaker Nazir Gurazi, Mohammad Akbar Lone, and others.
Protesters started marching from Sher-I-Kashmir Park to Lalchowk raising heavy slogans but were stopped by forces near Pratap Park (Press Colony). Party spokesman adv. Maajid Banday while talking to local media persons condemning the incident and demanded an apology from the speaker over the issue.
“Er. Rasheed has successfully exposed his fellow legislators for their failure over many issues relating development and leadership. His sincere representation of sentiments of people living in Jammu and Kashmir though has earned many enemies, but AIP is pledged to represent sentiments of state the way they deserve to be represented,” Maajid said.
Zeeshan Pandith said, that if a legislator is not spared inside assembly for revealing the truth then what is the difference between a fish market and assembly, he warned the government of extreme results and appealed masses to understand the difference between what Er. Rasheed has been doing in and outside the assembly and what other legislators are doing.
Requesting people to come forward and strengthen AIP, Zeeshan said that AIP is the only force that can replace those political forces who are misleading the world community over Kashmir issue by representing the false image.
Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta, however, clarified that ” nothing like that (assault on Rashid) had happened. I will personally talk to him”.
Er.Rasheed, who represents Langate constituency of Kupwara district, yesterday alleged that he was assaulted by marshals in the House.He later announced that he would not attend the further budget session until the incident was probed.