Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah was heckled during Eid namaz at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on Wednesday. Even before the imam leading the congregational prayers could begin the Eid sermon at the Hazratbal shrine, Abdullah was heckled amid sloganeering, reported IANS. The crowd was apparently upset with Abdullah for chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Hind’ while giving tribute to late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a condolence meeting in New Delhi earlier this week. (Also read: ‘Vajpayee Ruled Over People’s Hearts’)

“The country has to change. I come here with a message of peace and harmony,” Abdullah told Zee News. “There are people who will oppose the peace. But we have to keep trying. For how long will the people of my state suffer? The entire country is progressing. We need to progress too,” he added. Youths also hurled shoes and disrupted the congregation forcing the leader to leave the prayer ground.

Earlier this month, a man was gunned down when he rammed his car into the gate of Abdullah’s residence in Jammu. Defending the shooting, the CRPF had claimed that the man didn’t listen to warnings and breached the main gate. He even vandalised the house, ANI reported. “He didn’t listen to warnings of CRPF. A section of 38 BN CRPF manning the gate opened fire on the vehicle. The man’s body has been recovered and search of the vehicle is going on. One CRPF personnel received minor injuries,” the CRPF personnel said.