Omar Abdullah Appeals for Calm

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 SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has asked people ”to maintain clam” saying it was Center’s decision and the state government had nothing to do with it.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, state Junior Minister for Home Sajad Kichloo and J&K Director General of Police Ashok Prasad flew into Srinagar from Jammu Saturday morning to supervise the law and order situation. 

Omar Abdullah later addressed a news conference at his Gupkar residence and said he had been informed about the decision of the central government on Friday at 8 pm. “Officials in the central home ministry had also informed officials in Srinagar. We were asked to remain ready to maintain law and order in the state and take necessary measures”, he added.

He said the state government had expressed its reservations to the central government over the hanging of Guru.

“I appeal people not to let situation worsen in the state. Some elements will try to exploit the hanging for the political and personal interest, I request people not to allow them to do so”, said the Chief Minister.

He called upon the media organizations to exercise caution in issuing news to the people.

“In contrary to Maqbool Bhat’s case, where there were cases against him in the state, there was no case in the state against Afzal Guru, so I did not have to sign any warrant of death”, Omar Abdullah said while talking to media persons here this morning.

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