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Mirwaiz faces protests again

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— Photo: PTI

Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq greets the former Army Chief, General S. Shankar Roy Chowdhury (right), as chairman of Centre for Peace and Progress O.P. Shah looks on, during a seminar in Kolkata on Sunday.

KOLKATA: Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq faced angry protests here on Sunday by activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuba Morcha, a youth organisation of the BJP, after he attended a seminar on Kashmir.

22 held

The demonstrators showed black flags and shouted slogans, condemning his “anti-India views.” They were chased away by the police, but not before 22 of them were arrested.

The Mirwaiz was whisked away by security personnel as he emerged from the seminar premises.

In a statement, the West Bengal unit of the BJP criticised the police action against the demonstrators, “regrettably in the name of providing full protection to such a leader.”

It also criticised the Centre for Peace and Progress, organisers of the seminar, for having invited Mr. Farooq to express his “anti-India” views.

Only a few days ago, the Hurriyat leader and an associate were heckled, allegedly by activists of right-wing Hindu organisations and Kashmiri Pandits at a seminar in Chandigarh.

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