A day after a rifle-propelled grenade, which eventually did not explode, was fired at the civil secretariat here, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tried to play down the incident by saying that there was nothing alarming about the situation in the Valley.
Omar's statement came after he voted here for the presidential election on Thursday. The CM also dismissed news reports regarding army claims of militants active in the state.
"The GoC (General officer Commanding) met me a day earlier and he did not mention anything about it," Omar said in reply to a question on the statement of 15 Corps GoC Lt Gen Om Prakash in which he had termed some incidents in the Valley as "alarming".
"It is an alarming situation...some incidents have taken place at Pampore, Kulgam and Rajpora (in south Kashmir)," he had said.
Lt Gen Prakash had cited intelligence reports in which handlers were urging the militants to carry out suicide attacks in Kashmir. Omar said if the situation was alarming, it pointed to a failure in the security grid.
He said the army commander during the meeting on Wednesday had spoken about militants waiting on the other side of the Line of Control. "This is nothing new and has been going on for some time now," he said. Omar said the situation in Kashmir was "peaceful" as tourists and Amaranth pilgrims were flocking to the Valley in large numbers.