National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, who won the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency bypoll on Saturday, demanded that Governor’s rule be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir as the state government had failed to ensure a peaceful election.
“I appeal to the Governor and the President of India to dismiss this government and impose Governor’s rule in the state where the people will get some respite and feel that such situation will not arise again,” Abdullah said speaking to reporters.
Abdullah, whose victory is being seen as a setback to the ruling PDP demanded that the bypolls to the Anantnag Parliamentary seat, which have been deferred till May 25, should be held under Governor’s rule.
I will also say that the election in Anantnag should happen under the Governor’s Rule, he said. Otherwise it is unlikely that the people would get justice, he said.
Claiming the the eight youth who had died in the poll day violence were “martyred”, the National Conference chief said that several others were in hospitals or jails and he had never seen such an election.
Meanwhile, over 50 students were wounded on Saturday after security forces fired tear gas shells and pellets outside a degree college at Pulwama in south Kashmir to disperse stone-pelting protestors.Locals said students started hurling stones at security forces protesting laying of a check-point near the college.
A pellet victim, who was rushed to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital, said that the security forces also barged into the college, escalating the situation.
“The clashes were going on outside and we were in the class thinking we are safe. But then the government forces climbed a gate of the college from stadium side and fired pellets,” he said, not wishing to be namedreports Hindustan Times.
Police control room Pulwama said protesters pelted stones near the college and senior police officers are on the spot to assess the situation.
Health officials said that the number of injured might increase. “We have so far treated at least 54 persons who were hit by pellets and tear gas shells.