SOPORE, Aug 11: Senior PDP leader and former Minister incharge Horticulture, Mohammad Dilawar Mir had a narrow escape when a gathering of angry fruit growers and traders attacked him near Fruit Mandi last evening. Mir’s car was damaged in the attack.
Eyewitnesses said that Dilawar Mir, who has been yielding considerable influence in the fruit-rich belt of Sopore-Rafiabad-Baramulla and has served two terms as a Minister, appeared to show PDP’s solidarity with the fruit growers. He also wanted to convey PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s support to today’s call for march to Muzaffarabad.
Suddenly, a group of fruit growers and residents of Sopore took objection to Mir’s action and dismissed him "one of the killers of Kashmiris". They also expressed their anger against Mir’s party and shouted that it was responsible for creating the current crisis first by allotting land to SASB and later by demanding its cancellation. They lamented that "economic blockade" in Jammu was the result of the same "mischief" by PDP.
Sources said that Mir was quick to beat his retreat and succeeded in escaping though the crowd damaged glass screens of his vehicle.
While declaring PDP’s support to the march, Mehbooba had on Sunday said that two of her party leaders and former Horticulture Ministers, namely Abdul Aziz Zargar and Dilawar Mir, would join the fruit growers’ rally to Muzaffarabad.