'Omar Bungled On 2010 J&K Violence'17 May 2011
Times of India
Srinagar: The three-member team of interlocutors for Kashmir has told the Centre that the Omar Abdullah government's 'mishandling of situation' was responsible for last summer's violence in which more than 100 people were killed in firing by the security forces. The committee comprising Dileep Padgaonkar, Prof Radha Kumar and M M Ansari is mandated with providing suggestions for a lasting solution to the Kashmir imbroglio, as also to establish reasons behind last summer's crackdown by security forces on stone-pelting youth who, in turn, were agitating against police violence. 'The interlocutors have told the Centre there was mishandling of the situation by the administration leading to a vicious circle of protests and police firing last summer,' said Ashok Bhan, a SC advocate and a former Kashmir committee member. Bhan did not specify how he was privy to this information. In their preliminary report, the interlocutors are further believed to have said that National Conference-Congress alliance has failed to provide good governance to Kashmiris and their observations are likely to be a part of the final report after this visit to the Valley. The three-member team met CM Omar Abdullah on Tuesday at his Gupkar Road residence to know his mind about the administrative corrections. Omar briefed them about the measures to set the administration in order. This is interlocutors' eighth visit to Kashmir and they have met more than 500 delegations from different regions of the state so far. 'It'll take time to submit the final report. We have to meet mainstream and non-mainstream leadership. We would try to meet even those who have kept away,' 'Padgaonkar said.