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Ruling party MLA beaten for defying curfew

SRINAGAR: Police registered a case against ruling National Conference MLA Peer Afaq Ahmad for defying curfew in Lal Bazar area of the city. Ugly scenes were witnessed at Lal Bazar as the legislator tried to persuade policemen on duty to allow macadamization of Lal Bazar-Hazratbal road in the outskirts of the city, sources said.

The MLA said he came out of his house after local residents informed him about police objection to road-construction work in view of the curfew which was imposed in the city last night. “While I was pleading with the policemen that there were only few days left for carrying out macadamization, one of them pounced on me and misbehaved, leading to a scuffle,” Afaq said.

He said later he came to know that a case was registered against him in the local police station. Superintendent of Police, Hazratbal, Maqsood-u-Zaman refused to comment on the incident but maintained that “the law will take its own course.”

Curfew was imposed in Srinagar city and other areas of the Valley to thwart the planned march of Hurriyat Conference to the residence of party chairman Syed Ali Geelani here.-SANA

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