J&K: PDP activists cane-charged during rally

Some PDP activists were on Friday allegedly injured in a cane-charge here by the police when they were trying to disperse a protest rally.

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2011, 18:42 PM IST

Jammu: Some PDP activists were on Friday allegedly
injured in a cane-charge here by the police when they were
trying to disperse a protest rally called by the party to
demand resignation of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and others
in connection with the death of National Conference (NC)
worker Syed Yusuf.
Led by General Secretary Balbir Singh and former MP and
Vice-President T S Bajwa, PDP activists took out the rally
from the party headquarters in Gandhi Nagar area. They were
demanding resignation of Omar, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah
and Deputy Home Minister Naseer Wani.

Amid anti-government slogans, the protesters blocked the
Jammu-Srinagar national highway as they marched. The police
asked them to clear it and later resorted to canecharge to
disperse them and clear the highway for the resumption of
traffic.
Protesters then allegedly clashed with the police which
left some PDP activists injured.

"We told them to protest at Bikram Chowk. But they held
the protest on the highway and blocked traffic. We were duty
bound to clear the blockade," SP South Rajeshwar told agency.

There was no heavy cane-charge on them and none of them
was critically injured, he said, refuting the allegations
leveled by the PDP.

However, PDP General Secretary Daman Bashin claimed that
two persons were critically injured and nine suffered minor
injuries.

PTI