Police on Thursday detained Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) chairman and MLA Langate Er Rasheed after staged protest against issuing of domicile certificates to West Pakistan refugees.
Rashid along with hundreds of party activists assembled at Sher-e-Kashmir Park here and raised anti-government slogans. He demanded revocation of order wherein authorities have been authorized to issue domicile certificates to West Pakistan refugees.
"The so-called state government, which is actually proxy of BJP led central government, is implementing nefarious designs in Kashmir. People from Uri to Lakhanpur are demanding revocation of this controversial order," Rashid told reporters.
He added that people in Jammu, except few, are also opposing this move. "We appeal our Dogra brothers to realize what this so-called government is doing in J&K and oppose the move," he said.
Appealing people of Jammu to understand that granting domicile to WP refugees will harm "more interests" of Jammu people, he said "all efforts to change the demography of state and resettle non-state subjects will be fought tooth and nail."
"Despite the fact that the issue is a desperate attack to change the Muslim character of the state, the decision would affect the rights of Dogras in Jammu region as well. The state wide agitation will storm the government if the controversial order is not revoked immediately," he said.
Police swung into action and detained scores of protestors along with Er Rashid as they tried to march towards Press Enclave.
Police bundled them into a vehicle and lodged them in police station Kothibagh. Later, they all were released.
Meanwhile, AIP spokesperson, Inam-un-Nabi, in a statement, condemned the police action.
"Police used force against the peaceful protestors without any provocation. At least eight protestors were injured in the scuffle and police dragged dozens of protestors including Rasheed and lodged them in police station Kothibagh, where they were abused and manhandled by the cops," he said.
He said that Rashid along with other party activists would hold a 48-hour sit in on Friday outside Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's Srinagar residence "to remind her that she cannot run away by justifying every wrong act".
Later in the evening, about two dozen activists led by Rashid took senior leaders of Shiv Sena Hindustan hostage for about half an hour at Press Colony when they were addressing media.
Soon after his release from Kothi Bagh Police Station, Rashid appeared at Press Enclave here where Shiv Sena Hindustan leaders were addressing media persons.
Rashid, along with other party activists started chanting anti-SSH slogans and asked its leave to leave. This dramatic move forced VHP leaders to take shelter inside a nearby building.
Police again detained Er Rashid and lodged him again in police station Kothi Bagh.
"Those who demolished Babri Masjid, massacred Muslims in India, want to change demography of Jammu and Kashmir and make India a Hindu Rashtra have no place in Kashmir," Rashid said.