Uri: Locals in Paranpeelan constituency in Uri tehsil of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district have claimed to have caught a Congress party activist red-handed while distributing money among voters, hours before polling started on Thursday.
Tariq Tanga, the alleged activist who happens to be the son-in-law of senior Congress leader Taj Mohi-ud-din was reportedly caught by locals while distributing money on Wednesday evening.
He was handed over to police after which he was reportedly lodged in Police Post Kamalkote. His vehicle was also seized.
However, when contacted, SDPO Uri outrightly played down the public claims maintaining that “nothing was found from the possession of the activist” even though he is believed to have been “caught by people”.
Meanwhile, a district administration official, relying on the comments of the police official, said that police has said that no such thing was recovered from the person’s possession, adding, “However, directions have been passed on to SDM Uri to initiate an enquiry into the incident.”
In the meantime, JK Peoples Conference Chairperson Sajad Gani took to Twitter over the case.
“Attempts to hush up a case involving distribution of money in Paranpeelan URI DDC constituency. The constituency goes to polls tomorrow. The Lieutenant Governor has a moral duty to ascertain who all are behind attempts to hush up the case,” Lone wrote.
“Please investigate the case of money distribution in URI. The report sent by police to the District Commissioner almost exonerates the accused. It is the moral duty of KK Sharma (Chief Election Commissioner for J&K) to ascertain the facts. Let police explain [to] you the accused was questioned and why is he being let off now,” he wrote in another tweet.
Meanwhile, there is palpable anger among the locals who have been demanding strict action against the activist for this alleged resorting to such a tactic to lure the voters. (GNS)