Srinagar, July 19: Former Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah Tuesday questioned that if state government doesn’t know anything about the current situation, then who was running the state.
According to a KNS report, Omar said, “Nobody knows who is at the control of situation at the moment. I am surprised that Chief Minister is unaware of the situation. If I say it frequently that the center of our state government is in Nagpur then it proves me right. First they said CM was aware of Burhan’s encounter and now they are saying she didn’t know. Then they say media ban was imposed to control the situation, now they say they didn’t impose any ban and those who did it will be punished.”
“They (government) said they will probe the excessive use of force. Yesterday Muzaffar Beig said that if anyone has controlled the forces it is prime minister and not the chief minister. If chief minister is unaware of the situation, and neither she knows about the encounter, nor she knows about the decisions of the government and has no control over forces then it is clear that we are in a big trouble,” the former CM said.
Omar was then asked, if there may have been lapses on part of police and administration in Burhan encounter, to which he answered,
“There could be two possibilities. Either the government underestimated the situation which could arise out of Burhan’s killing, or if they estimated it right they were ill prepared to deal with it. Who chairs unified command? If there is any lapse it is at the highest level. The way they should have dealt the situation, they didn’t.”
On PDP MP Muzaffar Beig’s assertions that Supreme Court SOPs were violated in Burhan encounter, Omar told KNS that, “I don’t want to go into this debate. What I know is that there came different versions from the state government. One police officer gave a statement that they were giving minute to minute update to the Chief Minister. Then he retracted after he was probably scolded. I know when militant commanders are in cordon the chief minister is immediately informed. When I was chief minister, the CID or DG police would inform me whenever any senior militant was caught in cordon. I can’t buy this theory that Mehbooba wasn’t aware of Burhan encounter. And if she didn’t know it, then the police officers who hid this important information from her what action was taken against them. Because of their carelessness dozens of people have died and thousands are injured.”
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Omar however, downplayed the question on PDP’s decision to go with BJP could be one of the reasons for the current turmoil. He said, “There are so many reasons. Most of the protests happened in Mehbooba’s parliament constituency of Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam. It isn’t only the killing of Burhan that triggered the current unrest, but there are other reasons also. We can go into these details once the situation improves.”
The former CM answered to allegations of NC fuelling the current unrest saying, “It is being propagated by the same people who in 2010 created the same situation to destabilize my government. In 2010 Mehbooba and (late) Mufti sahib left no stone unturned in Delhi to overthrow me. They said if Omar Abdullah is dethroned, 80 percent situation will improve. Now they think I am doing the same. But the reality is that in the present turmoil we all will be losers. Such situation isn’t in the interests of NC. It is misconception if PDP is damaged, it will benefit NC. Reality is that current situation it is mainstream political parties who are losers.”