At least a dozen people, including a woman and a police officer, were hurt when workers of the ruling National Conference and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party clashed with each other in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday.
A clash broke out between supporters of PDP and NC workers in Noorabad assembly segment of the district.
At least 12 persons including Station House Officer in Kulgam, Irshad Hussain, were injured when hundreds of workers of NC and PDP attacked and assaulted each other outside Deputy Commissioner’s office.
Witnesses said NC’s candidate Sakina Itoo and PDP candidates Abdul Majeed Paddar along with their workers arrived at Mini Secretariat to file their nomination papers.
As the candidates were busy in filing their nomination papers, their workers outside clashed with each other. The supporters of both the candidates tried their best to inflict maximum damage on their opponents, a witness said. “I am witness to all this and I saw how PDP and NC workers engaged in stone-pelting and manhandled each other,” a government employee confirmed.
Eyewitnesses said that even police failed to controlled the pro India workers. “Police used minimum force to curb them just because they were not stone-pelters but political workers. But the fact is that they pelted stones on each other with a clear intention to hit and kill. One stone hit the SHO on his head and he received three stitches,” another eyewitness said.