NC Shell Shocked Over Beig's Killing, Seeks More Security
23 October 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: Shell-shocked by the assassination of former minister Safdar Ali Beig, National Conference president Omar Abdullah and former chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah are leaving for New Delhi to meet the union home minister Shivraj Patil to express concern over security and seek protection for party workers and leaders. The decision to meet Patil has been prompted by the assassination of the senior leader Safdar Beig by suspected ultras at Anantnag on Thursday. 'We have lost confidence on the state government. It has withdrawn security to most of our workers and leaders. Our workers have been thrown out of the secured accommodations. We are becoming soft targets to the ultras and that is why we have decided to meet Shivraj Patil', said Omar Abdullah. National Conference president noted that he along with his father Dr Farooq Abdullah are leaving for union capital soon to meet Patil. 'We will seek an appointment with Patil and apprise the union home minister about the discrimination meted to our cadres with regard to security', he said. Omar said they have publicly appealed to union home minister to look into their grievances regarding the security. 'We have always highlighted security concern of our cadres. We have publicly appealed to union home minister to address our concern. But so far nothing has been done. So we want to meet him personally to apprise him about our security concern', he said. Demanding probe into the killing of Safdar Beig, Omar said they want to know the truth about the rampant killings being perpetuated. 'What we are demanding is a probe to look into these type of incidents in totality. We want to know why this rampant and targeted killings are take place', he said. National Conference president also maintained that they will be meeting the governor Lt Gen (retd) S.K.Sinha and also apprise him about the security concern. 'We will apprise him about the discrimination being done to us with regard to the security. We will give him detailed brief about the government's inept attitude towards our party', he said. Omar also said when they will meet the governor they will also hand over the proof of the alleged malpractice by the ruling party in the recently concluded bye polls.'We have gathered proofs which will be handing over to governor and seek his intervention in this regard', he said.