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Omar Abdullah cancels visit to Rohtang

india Updated: Jun 28, 2010 11:45 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday cancelled his visit to Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh, where Congress president Sonia Gandhi is to lay the foundation stone for a mega tunnel, in view of tension in north Kashmir's Sopore town, an official said.

"The chief minister has decided to stay put in the state as the situation in the Kashmir Valley is far from satisfactory," an official told IANS.

Sopore remained tense as a 22-year old youth was killed on Sunday evening after being hit by a rubber bullet when a mob defied curfew restrictions and pelted stones on security personnel.

Gandhi is to lay the foundation stone for the 8.8-km-long horseshoe-shaped Rohtang tunnel, which would make travel to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir from Manali in Himachal Pradesh possible round the year.

At present, the Leh region remains cut-off for six months a year because of the closure of Leh-Manali and Leh-Srinagar roads due to snowfall in the winter.