NC, PDP workers protest against delimitation draft, detention of their leaders

Srinagar, January 01 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, scores of activists of the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took out separate protest marches in Srinagar on Saturday after authorities detained top leaders of the parties ahead of a proposed sit-in against the draft proposals of the Delimitation Commission.

The protest call was given by the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of various regional political parties in IIOJK including the NC, the PDP, CPI-M, Peoples Movement and Awami National Conference.

The NC activists, including party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar and youth wing president Salman Sagar, took out a protest march from NC headquarters Nawa-iin Srinagar. The party activists tried to move towards Gupkar Road but were stopped by the police outside the party office.

“We wanted to take out a peaceful protest march against the Delimitation Commission’s draft proposals, but were stopped by the police. They did not even allow us to hold a sit-in,” Ghulam Nabi Dar said. He alleged that the police dragged the party activists back to the office.

PDP activists also took out a protest march demanding restoration of Articles 370 and 35-A which were revoked by the Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government on August 5, 2019. The PDP activists, who were stopped by the police near GPO, later they dispersed peacefully.

Meanwhile, NC vice president Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti praised their party colleagues for the protests.

Well done to my NC colleagues for managing to come out & register our protest about all that is being done to disempower the people, Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

“Despite the despotic administration’s attempts to foil our protests, PDP & NC workers managed to hit the streets in Srinagar today to raise their voice against the illegal revocation of Article 370. I salute their courage & resolve,” Mehbooba said in a tweet.

Earlier, the authorities foiled the proposed protest march of the PAGD in Srinagar against the draft proposals of the Delimitation Commission by detaining prominent leaders of the alliance including Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and M Y Tarigami.