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Police warn J-K chief minister against Eid prayers at Hazratbal shrine

india Updated: Sep 10, 2010 21:04 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

The J-K police have advised Chief Minister Omar Abdullah against performing Eid prayers at historic Hazratbal shrine, a bastion of ruling National Conference, after a police assessment indicated chances of disturbance at the venue.

Chief Minister till Friday morning was adamant on performing Eid prayers at the shrine, which is run by the Waqf Board under the supervision of the government.

The police have been conducting recce of the venue to gauge the mood of people around the shrine. It asked the chief minister to avoid praying at the shrine.

The shrine was completely rebuilt by Abdullah's grandfather Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, former chief minister and prime minister of J-K. The shrine had come under siege by militants in early nineties.

Hardline All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, jailed on Thursday, also wanted to pray at the Hazratbal shrine to undermine the NC and use the pulpit for separatist agenda.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to pray at a mosque in Sonawar near his residence. Abdullah faced embarrassment twice in the last three months in public meetings. He was heckled by the attendants of those injured in security forces' firing at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) during his visit there and had to face a shoe hurled by a disgruntled constable at the August 15 parade in Srinagar.