Keeping the hanging of the Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru a top secret, the union home ministry didn’t convey the decision to the Jammu and Kashmir government beyond chief minister Omar Abdullah.
This came to light when J&K minister of state (MoS) for home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo showed ignorance regarding the decision of the union home ministry and that Omar Abdullah didn’t keep him in the loop over the decision.
Omar Abdullah maintained that he was informed by the union home ministry about the hanging but beyond him no minister was taken into confidence till the news regarding Guru’s hanging came out on Saturday morning.
"I had no information of this decision of the union home ministry and came to know of it in the morning. The law has taken its course and people should maintain calm,” Kichloo told Hindustan Times.
The J&K MoS for home was admitted to a hospital couple of days back and had returned late on Thursday night. "We have put the state on high alert and hope that no untoward incident takes place," Kichloo added.
With Omar not even informing his MoS for home and other cabinet colleagues about the decision of the union home ministry, it became clear that he didn’t want any such information leaked in the public, which could have created any law and order problem for the government.
Seeking anonymity, another senior minister of Omar Abdullah’s cabinet told Hindustan Times that he also came to know about the decision through news channels and have not got any communication from the chief minister.
Even the J&K police who were asked to be on high alert since Thursday night were unaware of the move and came to know of it through various sources on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, protests rocked twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar where people in large numbers came out and took a rally against Afzal Guru’s hanging. Business establishments in both districts remained closed and people preferred to remain in-doors.
In Doda, people took out a rally up to the deputy commissioner’s office and protested peacefully, while in Kishtwar, people assembled outside the DC’s office and moved towards Jamia Masjid where protests continued till evening.
Kishtwar is the same area, where a plan for the Delhi high court was prepared. After arrests were made in the case, it came out that the high court was attacked in support of Afzal Guru.
In Jammu city, police and paramilitary forces were deployed in Muslim areas but no untoward incident was reported in the winter capital where thousands of Kashmiri Muslims stay during winters as it remains capital for six months.