Srinagar: Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Saturday over a petrol bomb attack on a Valley-bound truck at Udhampur on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
All opposition members stood on their seats and NC lawmaker, Abdul Majeed Larmi walked close to the speaker’s chair in protest.
There were heated arguments and verbal duel between NC members and ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition members in the house.
Independent legislator Engineer Rashid said the “assembly has lost credibility” and termed members as “living corpses”.
Senior Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri tried to pacify the opposition and said their concerns are genuine and they must listen to government’s reply.
“We condemn the attack,” Veeri said.
“At around 11.45 p.m. yesterday a group of miscreants attacked a Kashmir bound truck at Udhampur with some combustible material. Two persons (Kashmir residents) received burn injuries who have been rushed to Jammu hospital for specialized treatment.
“Three accused have been arrested by police and a manhunt has been launched to nab the other miscreants involved in the attack,” said Veeri, who was replying on behalf of state government.
The opposition, however, was not satisfied with the reply and said such incidents have potential to harm communal harmony of the state.
As the opposition continued with their protest, senior NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar had a heated exchange of words with BJP legislators and said: “You want to fan communal fire in the state.”
Veeri said the two injured were rushed to hospital in Udhampur and later driven to Jammu for specialized treatmnet. He said three accused identified as Bala Bahadur Singh, Sunder Singh and Sunil Singh were arrested and manhunt was launched to arrest others.
State Police Chief has flown to the district and a murder case has already been registered in the case. He mentioned the FIR No 368 under sections 307, 336, 437, 147, 148, 120B and 427 RPC. All the three victims are from Uranhal and Butengoo villages of the Islamabad district.
Though Veeri read out the statement amid din, it did not satisfy the opposition benches. Ali Mohammad Sagar of NC said the government lacks courage to admit that the accused are from BJP, its ally. He said the BJP is provoking Kashmir and vitiating the atmosphere by resorting to such communal tactics.
Engineer Rashid termed the accused in the case as terrorists and insisted the state government lacks courage to act against them.
The incident was reported to have happened on October 9 at around 11.45 pm.
Veeri said he condemns the incident. The opposition, however, recorded its dissatisfaction and walked out in protest. Mohamad Akbar Lone, the former speaker termed the incident a shame.
However, entire opposition including NC, Congress, Engineer Rashid, M.Y. Tarigami of CPI-M and Hakim Yaseen of Peoples Democratic Front walked out in protest. Soon after the walk out, NC lawmakers returned to house and the routine resumed without any tension. Engineer Rashid, however, stayed away.