J&K police acted brutally against party workers: BJP

BJP on Friday alleged that Jammu and Kashmir police had acted brutally against its workers who undertook the Ekta Yatra to hoist the national flag at Srinagar while giving soft treatment to separatist leaders like Yasin Malik.

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 23:11 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Friday alleged that Jammu
and Kashmir police had acted brutally against its workers who
undertook the Ekta Yatra to hoist the national flag at
Srinagar while giving soft treatment to separatist leaders
like Yasin Malik.

"The Jammu and Kashmir police indulged in the worst form
of human rights violations against our party workers. Our Uri
assembly candidate in the last elections Halima Akhtar was
picked up by the police and taken away blindfolded. She was
tortured for three days and then dumped," BJP spokesperson
Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
Akhtar has received 10 per cent burns, half her hair has
been cut and she is now undergoing treatment in a hospital, he
alleged.

BJP Yuva Morcha Chief Anurag Thakur, who led the Ekta
Yatra, insisted that some of the youth wing workers had
reached upto 20 metres of Lal Chowk in Srinagar before they
were arrested.

He attacked the Centre and the state government, saying
if an apology was not made for the alleged atrocities against
the BJP youth wing workers, the party may take recourse to
legal action.

"This yatra does not end here. We will take it to the
people across the country. The weak Prime Minister has sided
with the separatists," Thakur said.

He alleged JKLF Chief Yasin Malik was allowed to use his
mobile, his supporters were offered cigarettes and tea by the
police near Lal Chowk while BJP workers were brutally
thrashed.
The injured BJP workers were paraded in front of the
media by the party which also showed photographs of these
workers to the press.

"Is it illegal to hoist the national flag? Is it a
crime? The Jammu and Kashmir police should have provided us
security and not used abusive language and used 3rd degree
torture on us," Thakur said.

He wondered if BJP workers should met out the same
treatment to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah when he visits
Delhi.

Thakur denied the Ekta Yatra had created fissures among
the people. "National duty (towards the tricolour) comes
before political duty," he said.

PTI