National Conference minister for higher education Mohammad Akbar Lone on Tuesday plunged his party into a new controversy by slapping a person who had stood up among the audience to protest against the government at Watergam-Rafiabad. According to Reports during the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s address to an election rally at Watergam in Rafiabad, a youth sitting in the audience identified as Mohammad Amin from Jagir Sopore stood up and invited chief minister’s attention by waving some papers in air. “The moment Amin disrupted Omar’s speech security personnel jumped from the podium and tried to pacify him. Soon after Mohammad Akbar Lone, minister for higher education also joined the security personnel and slapped the youth till he was taken out from the rally by the security forces,” eyewitness told
Amin who was accused by the National Conference leaders of being affiliated with opposition PDP, said: “I am not affiliated to any political party. I had applied for a mineral water plant but I am being pushed from pillar to post for the last many years and despite a huge investment of around Rs 20 to 25 lakhs, I am not being issued registration certificate,” he said.Amin added that he had tried to meet chief minister Omar Abdullah many a times but to no avail. “Today I tried to meet the chief minister here or to grab his attention. But I never knew that I will be beaten to pulp that too by a minister in Omar’s cabinet,” he added. In the meantime, the chief minister during his address revealed that the opposition PDP was behind the disruption in his election rally by sending its workers who create chaos in his rallies.