Mirwaiz, Lone manhandled in Chandigarh

During a seminar on Kashmir, a group of protestors manhandled the separatist leaders.

Chandigarh: Hurriyat Conference leaders
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Bilal Lone were today manhandled
allegedly by activists of right-wing Hindu organisations and
Kashmiri Pandits at a seminar here after which police detained
ten people.

Commotion broke out when the activists from among the
audience charged at Farooq, who was seated on the dais along
with Lone. At that time, a person, believed to be a
journalist, had got up to put a question to the Mirwaiz.

During the pandemonium, some of the activists
manhandled the two separatist leaders, eyewitnesses said,
adding police immediately stepped in and cordoned off the

The eyewitnesses said that in the melee, the activists
punched Farooq, who fell from his chair.

Police said it has taken at least ten people into

The incident comes over a month after a shoe was
thrown at hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani
during a seminar in Delhi on October 21. The shoe missed
Geelani, who was seated on the dais. The seminar had also
witnessed protests by a group of people including Kashmiri

Commenting on the incident, Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah said, "It is a reaction to their
politics and policies. And it is bound to happen. I don`t
condone it....I believe it is a battle of ideas and

At today`s seminar, the activists also smashed window
panes and flower pots at the Kisan Bhawan auditorium following
which police took the Hurriyat leaders to safety.

The seminar was on `Kashmir Problems in Reference to
Indo-Pak Relations`, organised by Internationalist Democratic
Party of Jammu and Kashmir.

The seminar resumed after the police brought the
situation under control.