Mankotia, NPP workers court arrest

Excelsior Correspondent

NPP workers taking out procession in Udhampur on Wednesday.
NPP workers taking out procession in Udhampur on Wednesday.

UDHAMPUR, Oct 8: The Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) president and MLA Udhampur who was on fast for last eight days in protest against the failure of State Government to distribute the full train load of rice which was sent by Chattisgarh State for the flood hit people of the J&K, was today court arrested along with hundreds of Partymen.
The NPP leader accused the State Government for deliberately delaying the lifting of the rice from Railway track due to which it perished. He said the lack of coordination among various Departments of the Government was the main cause of it.
Mr Mankotia and his workers started a jail Baro Andolan from the venue of his hunger strike. As the condition of the MLA deteriorated in the jail he was admitted in district Hospital Udhampur. However he said despite his poor health he will continue his fast in Hospital as well.
Earlier a large number of NPP workers assembled at Salathia Chowk the venue of Mr Mankotia ‘s fast and lodged a strong protest against the district administration for its failure in providing adequate relief and ration to flood hit people of Udhampur district. Led by Mr Mankotia the workers also took out a procession and protested against the district and State administration.
The procession of JKNPP workers passed through different Bazars of Udhampur including Gole Market and proceeded towards National Highway. However when procession reached near Matador stand, a large number of police personnel deployed there stopped it from moving ahead.
Later Mr Mankotia and other workers were court arrested and taken to district Police Liens Udhampur.

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