Youth attack agriculture minister’s cavalcade near Srinagar

Srinagar: The cavalcade of Jammu and Kashmir’s Agriculture Minister was stoned by youth in Srinagar city outskirts on Saturday, witnesses said.

Local news agency GNS quoted witnesses as having said that the cavalcade of Ghulam Hassan Mir, who is Agriculture Minister of the State, was on its way to Tangmarg when it was attacked by youths with stones near Narbal.

“The cavalcade of the Mir comprised of nearly fifty vehicles. But once it reached Narbal, youth appeared and pelted stones on the vehicles of the cavalcade,” official sources told GNS. They, however, added that there was no loss of life or injuries.

While addressing people at Tangmarg, Mir said the bold decision of the coalition government for creation of new Administrative Units across the state aims to provide governance to the people of J&K at their doorstep for which they had to traverse a long distances for getting their problems resolved in various utility services offices.

“The new administrative units will give new impetus to development and ease the administrative problems of people living in far-flung areas and will change development landscape of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Asking the people particularly the youth to involve themselves in the development of the state, he said that “it is due to overwhelming support of the people, the government was able to take such initiatives during last five years to make J&K at par with other states of the country”. (GNS)