Omar Deputes Ministers To Hotspots

Omar Deputes Ministers To Hotspots

1 July 2010
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: A day after the Centre asked J&K government to reach out to people in the valley's violence-hit areas on the boil over the killing of 11 youth in CRPF firing since June 11, J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday deputed senior members of his cabinet to soothe tempers. Officials said a three-member ministerial team led by PHE minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din visited Baramulla and interacted with local elders to restore normalcy in the area, which has been under curfew since Tuesday. 'Another team comprising education minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, social welfare minister Sakina Itoo and the CM's advisor Mubarak Gul visited Anantnag, which erupted in anger after three youth were killed in CRPF firing on Tuesday,' an official said. Another four-member team visited Sopore, which remained under curfew for the sixth day on Thursday. Four youth were killed in the town in CRPF firing last week. In Srinagar, police foiled a women march led by separatist leader Asiya Andrabi. Eyewitnesses said scores of women tried to march to Pather Masjid in old Srinagar to protest the killings. Sources said police quelled the march at Moghal Mohalla and dispersed the protesters, triggering a clash which left five people injured. Police lobbed teargas canisters and fired in the air to disperse the marchers. Elsewhere in the city, hundreds of troopers patrolled streets and imposed restrictions on the people's movement to thwart the protest march. The authorities had deployed women cops in numbers across the city. Indefinite curfew continued in Sopore, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama and Kulgam. Officials said additional contingents of paramilitary and police units were deployed for stringent enforcement of the curfew.


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