Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was
on Monday adjourned for the day following pandemonium after the
Speaker rejected an adjournment motion notice moved by
Opposition PDP demanding discussion on the death of a NC
worker allegedly in police custody.
The House was adjourned thrice in a span of three hours
even as Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone rejected PDP MLAs` demand
that the Question Hour be suspended to discuss the alleged
PDP members had given the adjournment motion notice
seeking suspension of all business and discussion on the issue
related to the death of Syed Mohammad Yousuf, a National
Conference worker, under mysterious circumstances on September
Even as the Speaker urged the Opposition members to allow
the Question Hour to proceed, the PDP MLAs refused to budge.
They raised slogans demanding revelation of the identity of
those responsible for Yousuf`s death.
In the midst of the Opposition attack, ruling National
Conference MLAs took to their feet and started shouting
slogans against PDP.
PDP MLA Iftikhar Hussain Ansari urged the Speaker to
suspend the Question Hour and allow the adjournment motion but
the Speaker told him not to dictate terms.
This led to a heated argument between Lone and Ansari
during which the duo levelled charges of corruption against
As the commotion continued, the Speaker first adjourned
the House for 30 minutes.
After the House reassembled, the Speaker rejected the
adjournment motion notice saying it could hamper the judicial
inquiry ordered by the state government into Yousuf`s death.
"A discussion on the matter is hardly justified at this
stage and can prove counter-productive as state government has
requested the Chief Justice (of J and K High Court) to appoint
a sitting High Court judge to probe the matter," Lone said.