SRINAGAR: Newly-elected PDP MLA Mohammad Ashraf Mir, who defeated outgoing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah from the Sonawar constituency in Srinagar, has stoked a controversy with a video showing him firing from an AK-47 rifle to celebrate his victory while Omar has dared the police to take action against him.
The video showing Mir firing in air from an AK-47 to celebrate his victory has gone viral on social networking sites. In the video, PDP’s newly elected member is shown firing in air from the assault rifle at his residence in Pantha chowk area, nearly a kilometer away from a police station.
Omar had contested from two seats– Sonawar and Beerwah in Budgam. He won from Beerwah but lost from Sonawar.
Mir defeated Omar from Sonawar by a margin of 4,783 votes. Mir got 14,283 votes while Omar secured only 9,500 votes.
Reacting to PDP MLA’s celebratory actions, Chief Minister Omar dared the police to register a case against the newly elected MLA.
“So will J&K police register a case against the gun-toting MLA or will they be too scared in case he’s a minister, a few days from now?”
NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said such reckless, unlawful behaviour from an elected lawmaker was unfortunate and unacceptable, especially in a state that had just recovered from a prolonged phase of armed, violent turmoil.
“How can an MLA resort to firing a gun in broad daylight? Apparently the gun was handed over to Mir by a personal security officer (PSO) of the J&K Police. This behaviour is shocking and a violation of several laws, most of which are non-bailable offences,” he said.
Mattu asked police to take appropriate action against Mir and register an FIR based on video evidence.
The Congress and the BJP leaders have also condemned the PDP member for brandishing an AK-47.
However, Mir denied having fired any rounds and accused his political rivals of producing a doctored video.
“I did not fire any rounds ... there was a commotion following my victory and the rifle of one of my PSOs fell on ground which I retrieved and handed it back to him,” Mir said.