Omar Back After Meeting PM, Shinde

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JAMMU: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday returned after a sudden airdash to New Delhi where he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

According to sources, the Chief Minister discussed in detail the overall security situation in the Valley in wake of demands for return of body of Afzal Guru. 

“The situation emanating out of the hanging of Guru and its fallout on overall political and security situation was the main agenda of the meeting. The Chief Minister has apprised the Prime Minister and Home Minister about the steps taken by the state government in controlling the law and order in the valley”, these sources added. 

They said the Chief Minister also called upon the Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday evening. An official spokesperson also confirmed the meeting. 

“Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday had a meeting with Union Minister for Home Affairs, Sushilkumar Shinde here and discussed matters relating to the recent developments in the State”, he said.

It is believed that the Chief Minister has raised the issue of return of body of Afzal Guru with the central leadership. “They discussed the issue apart from its possible pros and cons in the state and outside”, said sources.

However, according to sources, the national leadership and other agencies have expressed unwillingness for return of Afzal’s mortal remains in view of its possible fallout. “They fear returning the body might prompt others to demand return of mortal remains of JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat”, they said.

The Chief Minister, according to the sources, has discussed the situation in view of the Hurriyat Conference having made its one-point demand of return of the body and resolved to call for protest programme till return of the body.

Meanwhile, according to reliable sources, different security agencies in the state are also against returning the body of Guru to his family. They said the security and intelligence agencies have expressed their reservations over the proposal of returning Guru’s body to his family.

Meanwhile, sources in the state government said the Chief Minister will chair a meeting of the state cabinet in next few days to discuss issue apart from apprising the cabinet of what the central leadership had conveyed to him.

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