Police today arrested a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district on charges of attempt to murder an official of the Wildlife Department on Wednesday.
"Engineer Nazir Ahmad Itoo has been arrested under section of 307 RPC registered at Chadoora police station," a police spokesman said.
Itoo, general secretary of PDP youth wing, had allegedly try to shoot an official of the Wildlife Department at the house of a five-year-old girl, who was mauled to death by a wild animal on Wednesday, he said.
"The accused person had allegedly taken the weapon from his PSO and tried to shoot the wild life official present at the house of the deceased girl," the spokesman said.
Earlier, Itoo was detained as he was planning to visit riot-hit Kishtwar town, he said. Condemning the arrest of Itoo, PDP demanded his immediate release and an explanation from the government for his "illegal confinement".
In a statement, the party chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said Itoo was first confined the morning in his house at Badipora and later whisked away to the police station Chrarisharief where he has been lodged.
"No formal case has so far been registered against Itoo neither has he been informed formally of the reasons for his illegal arrest," Akhtar said before police clarified the grounds of arrest for the PDP leader. PTI MIJ KAS 08162147 NNNN