'Sacrifices made by police and security personnel need to be condoled'
The chief minister on Tuesday after ordering judicial probe by a retired high court judge in the Shopian incident said that while the killings of innocent people were condemnable by all measuring standards, the sacrifices of police and security personnel to safeguard the state and the lives of the people are highly commendable and their martyrdom should be condoled in the same manner as the killing of civilians.india Updated: Oct 01, 2013 19:44 IST
The chief minister on Tuesday after ordering judicial probe by a retired high court judge in the Shopian incident said that while the killings of innocent people were condemnable by all measuring standards, the sacrifices of police and security personnel to safeguard the state and the lives of the people are highly commendable and their martyrdom should be condoled in the same manner as the killing of civilians.
He said 57 police and security personnel have laid down their lives in militancy-related incidents.
"We should also remember them and express our sympathy and solidarity to their families," he said, praising the sacrifices made by these brave police and security personnel.
'Rumours responsible to fan tension'
Omar Abdullah referred to the incident of Kishtwar and other parts and said that rumours were responsible to fan the tension and create wedge between different sections of the society.
He said timely action by the administration and full cooperation extended by people help in saving the situation from going out of control. He said some vested elements wanted to accentuate and raise sentiments of people to create 2008-like situation in state.
Omar Abdullah also referred to the resignation of the then minister of state for home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, and said that it was Sajjad's own decision to frustrate the elements, who wanted to flair up the situation and create communal tension.
He said credit for this goes to Sajjad Kichloo, who snatched all chances from the hands of peace inimical elements and helped conduct of smooth judicial probe.
All CMs witnessed such incidents and they were equally pained'
The chief minister said that right from 1990, such incidents have taken place in the past as well and various chief ministers have witnessed them.
"I am sure that all these chief ministers were equally pained and grieved as I am," he said and maintained that every chief minister wants to stop such happenings and he has also taken several measures to prevent such killings.
He said during his regime all incidents involving civilian deaths by security forces have been accounted for and cases were registered for inquiry. He said many such inquiries have been completed and many are in the court of law.
He referred to the arrest of a BSF officer in the killing of a youth from Brain and said that his case is in the court of law for final judgment.
He also mentioned various inquiries constituted by his government in various cases involving civilian killings.
Mentioning the Patheribal incident he said that the Supreme Court would give the final verdict in the case.
The CM said that when people lose faith in the system that is the most serious thing. He asked all political parties and legislators to be united in strengthening the institutions and said that verdicts by courts in such cases where public sentiments are involved need to be put on fast track like that of Delhi rape case.
CM failed to save parliament attack convict Afzal Guru: PDP
People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday alleged that chief minister Omar Abdullah has failed to save parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged and buried in Tihar Jail Delhi on February 9, 2013.
"Our CM said that Afzal was hanged in Delhi what could he do, but I want to ask him that when murderers of late Rajiv Gandhi were saved by their respective government why our government could not do anything?" Mehbooba said.
She added that the state government could not even get Afzal Guru's body. Mehbooba alleged that J&K has been made a colony and its people were being treated as residents of a colony. However, she praised the former PDP-Congress coalition government.