Handover control of SoG to Army: Omar

Published on Apr 28, 2004 08:43 PM IST

Omar alleged that Mufti Govt was misusing its official position and using the services of the SoG to scare away his party workers.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Srinagar

The National Conference on Wednesday asked the Election Commission to direct the Jammu and Kashmir government to handover the command and control of Special Operations Group (SoG) of the state police and the counter insurgents to the army.

In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) T S Krishnamurthy, party President Omar Abdullah said "as the commission had issued direction for the same during the assembly elections, it should be again enforced to ensure free and fair polling for Anantnag Lok Sabh polls on May five."

Omar alleged that Mufti Sayeed Government was misusing its official position and "using the services of the SoG and counter-insurgents" to scare away his party workers in this South Kashmir district.

The party President said the ruling PDP would "go an extra mile" in ensuring that polling was rigged in this Lok Sabh seat as its party President Mehbooba Mufti was contesting from there.

Mehbooba was locked in a triangular contest with Mehboob Beigh of National Conference and veteran CPM leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami.

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