JAMMU: The police on Sunday foiled two separate attempts made by the members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) — a student party affiliated to the RSS — and a group of youths to hoist the tricolour at the PDP headquarters in Gandhinagar. The attempts to hoist the tricolour come two days after PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said she will not contest elections or hoist the national flag till J&K’s special status under Article 370 is not restored.
A group of youths, led by social activist Amandeep Singh, carried out a protest rally on Sunday afternoon chanting slogans against the PDP chief and the party and made an attenpt to break the police cordon and hoist the tricolour at the party headquarters in Gandhinagar. Singh said the group has no political affiliation with any of right-wing party, but they are nationalist and will not tolerate insult to the tricolor “which is our pride and honour.”
Singh had, on Saturday evening too, hoisted the national flag on the boundary near the PDP office entrance and had a heated argument with two senior party leaders, including former legislator Firdous Ahmad Tak. He had then promised to return the next day with more youths.
Ex-legislator and PDP leader Tak on Saturday evening tweeted, “Few right wingers barged inside office and even assaulted me and Pervez Waffa (another PDP leader)”.
Later in the afternoon, a large team of ABVP activists led by senior member Akshay Pradhan marched to the PDP headquarters with the tricolour and tried to enter it forcibly, while raising slogans against Mufti for “insulting the national flag”. However, they were stopped at the gates by a contingent of police that was already present. A clash ensued, resulting in injuries. “ABVP activists had a scuffle with police, and during the melee atleast three ABVP members suffered injuries,” said ABVP leader Mukesh Manhas.