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Give peace a chance, says PC

Home minister P Chidambaram met Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday, after his travels in the northern part of the valley and interactions with a cross-section of people. Peerzada Ashiq reports.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2010 02:44 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

Home minister P Chidambaram met Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday, after his travels in the northern part of the valley and interactions with a cross-section of people.

"Issues regarding the law and order situation of the state came up in the meeting (between Chidambaram and Abdullah)," a government spokesman said.

There was no announcement on the release of political prisoners or stone-throwers.

After spending a day in Leh, the home minister, who is on a two-day visit to the state, arrived in the valley on Sunday.

Chidambaram sent a strong signal to the Jammu and Kashmir government and its leadership by travelling in highly volatile north Kashmir and reaching out to delegations of traders, lawyers, transporters and a Sikh association.

He travelled in a Bolero and his motorcade comprised three vehicles.

The home minister landed at BSF headquarters in Singhpora, 50 km from Srinagar.

Neither Abdullah nor any senior ruling National Conference leader was there.

"Give peace a chance in Jammu and Kashmir and see how the Centre reciprocates and deals with the Kashmir issue," Chidambaram told a delegation.

The home minister highlighted the role of the three interlocutors and the Prime Minister’s economic development plan group, headed by economist C Rangarajan. He asked people to covey to the interlocutors and the economic group their grievances.

Fruit growers complained to the home minister that their orchards and land were under military occupation.