Abducted BJP leader returns home in Baramulla

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SRINAGAR — A local BJP leader Mehraj ud Din Malla, who was abducted on Wednesday morning has returned home.

A family members confirmed that Mehraj, who is also Vice President Municipal Committee Watergam Baramulla, returned home in the evening.

“We don’t know where he was and how he returned. He returned just 10 minutes before, and has now been taken by the police,” he said. However, a police official said they rescued him.

As reported, some unknown persons came on Wednesday morning and “abducted” Meraj outside his home in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

In a video message, his daughter had appealed to abductors to release her father. “Whoever has abducted my father, I beg please release him,” she had said.

DC Baramulla, G N Itoo, earlier said, “He was seen at 11 AM walking on the road in Handwara. Police is searching for him,” he said.

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J&K BJP spokesperson Altaf Thakur said Mehraj was walking on the road outside his home when some people stopped the car and took him away.

He is son of Ghulam Muhammad Malla, who joined BJP in 2012.

At least two youth leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party from north Kashmir have resigned for the last five days.

On Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president from Baramulla, Marouf Bhat tendered his resignation from the party. “I hereby resign from the BJYM as a member and any post I held as part of it. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to work for the party,” Bhat said.

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He was quoted by a national newspaper saying, “We can sacrifice our lives for the nation, but not of our children. I have been attacked twice in the past, yet nothing has been done about it. I have not been given even a single personal security officer.”

While on Tuesday, BJP’s Vice President for Kupwara, Asif Ahmad also resigned from the party.

“I am from a well off family. I did not join BJP to make money but to work for my people. But we are not allowed to work by officials. BJP has no value on the ground. Officials are not bothered to listen to us and address issues of people,” he said.

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