‘Abducted’ BJP leader walks home in J&K’s Baramulla; Police says it rescued him

Mehrajuddin Malla (Left); his daughter (Right) had appealed to the abductors to release her father.

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Vice President from Rafiabad constituency, Mehrajuddin Malla, who was abducted by unknown men in the morning outside his residence at Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, walked home this evening, police said while claiming that it has rescued him.

“We rescued him,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told NVI, without elaborating who had picked Mehrajuddin, also the vice president of Municipal Committee (MC) Watergam in Sopore. Family members of the BJP leader also said he reached home this evening safely.

Malla, Son of Ghulam Ahmed of Maraizgund had left his home at around 9 am to attend a marriage function at his friend’s house but he was allegedly abducted midway.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sopore, Javiad Iqbal had earlier said that they had put in all efforts to trace the missing BJP leader. BJP (J&K) spokesman Altaf Thakur had stated that Malla was the BJP leader and constituency president of the party for Rafiabad. “His father Ghulam Ahmed Malla is also a senior BJP leader and is affiliated with the BJP since long,” Thakur said.

Earlier in the day, Malla’s daughter appealed to the abductors to release her father, in a video. “My father only hope for us, so if he is with somebody, please allow him to return home. He left his home in the morning to attend a marriage function at this friend’s house, but he was kidnaped mid-way by some unknown people. Please allow my father to join back his family, we have no support other than him,” she had said in a video message.

-ARK