Efforts On To Prevent Repeat Of 2010 Unrest: Omar17 February 2011
Srinagar: Fearing repetition of last year’s summer unrest, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said efforts are on to prevent any kind of tumult during summer this year. He said inquiry has been initiated into Maloora incident and his regular tweeting does not breach his security and instead helps him to reach out to educated youth. Talking to reporters on sidelines of a function-Award Ceremony of Progressive Farmers at Shere-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) on the banks of famous Dal Lake here today, Omar said efforts are afoot to prevent repeat of 2010 unrest. “Steps have been taken to thwart the situation taking any ugly turn like last year’s unrest. The government would try its best in ensuring that the coming summer season passes off peacefully. Rest, I am not a fortune teller,” he said. On Maloora incident, the chief minister admitted that administration had failed to clear the area after October 2010 encounter between troops and militants. “The inquiry has been initiated in the circumstances that led to the death of three children in a blast in the area on last Sunday,” he said. He, however, said the incident can’t be right away termed as human rights violation as it had to be seen wherefrom the shell that exploded was brought. Omar reiterated that the youth killed in army firing at Chogul, Handwara recently had more injuries than bullet injuries in his legs. “May be the bullets on his legs were only bullet injuries but he had more injuries on his back. An inquiry is going on and it is not in anybody’s interest to draw a conclusion. Let the inquiry complete first and action will follow accordingly,” he said. About microblogging site Twitter, he said using the twitter would neither decrease nor increase days of his life. “I will continue tweeting. And if there is any threat, my security cover will take care of that. I have full faith in my security personnel and more than that in Allah,” he said. He said constant tweeting has helped him to reach out to a large section of educated youth. “It helps me to reach out to those, who cannot meet me. Having some 8000 odd followers is very less,” he said. The chief minister was, however, quick to add that he can’t say that twitter has helped him to remain in touch with all youth of Kashmir. “70 per cent of State’s population comprises rural people. There are many people in rural areas who don’t even know the name of Twitter,” he said. About the ongoing tussle between the ruling National Conference-Congress coalition on appointment of secretary Legislative Council, Omar said the decision was taken by the cabinet after going through the rules and procedures. “There is a cabinet order and no room for any confusion is left,” he said. Pertinent to mention here that acting deputy speaker Legislative Council, Arvinder Singh Micky has refused to implement the cabinet order leading to a controversy. The chief minister, however, evaded a query on Home Secretary G K Pillai’s recent announcement that 10,000 troops can be withdrawn from JK this year. He asked the separatist leaders to accept the invitation and enter into a dialogue with interlocutors for finding a solution to Kashmir issue.