Awami Ithad Party (AIP) on Sunday condemned the alleged police assault on its president and former MLA Er Rasheed.
In a statement an AIP spokesman Sheeban Ashai said that "such horrible and shameful attacks will not break the will of AIP cadres, as the party is committed to fight politically for right to self-determination, the birth right of people of Jammu & Kashmir.
Ashai said that Er Rasheed was put under house arrest throughout the day at his Jawahar Nagar residence on Saturday. "Late in the evening a heavy contingent of masked men in uniform entered his house forcibly and bundled family members including women and children in the kitchen. Around twenty masked cops in presence of few guests on more than three occasions physically assaulted Er. Rasheed in his bedroom and forcibly dragged him to police station Rajbagh," spokesperson alleged.
"The shameless act is a desperate attempt to break the will and hurt self-respect of Er. Rasheed but such cheap tactics will fail as usual, as AIP is not an underground organization but represents sentiments, sacrifices and aspirations of Kashmiri people. Humiliating and harassing the family and dragging Er. Rasheed from his bedroom speaks volumes about the frustration, arrogance and misuse of power by the cops who every time claim to be protectors of law," Ashai said. "Local policemen are being forced to use all dirty and cheap measures against their own people only to increase a wedge between the various sections of society but it is moral duty of local policemen not to behave like servants and goons which would just defame their reputation and credibility in the society."