October 2004 News

Mufti Wants To Physically Liquidate NC Men: Omar

25 October 2004
The Times of India

New Delhi: National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah today alleged that chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed wants to physically liquidate NC leadership. He was addressing a press conference at Nawah-e-Subh complex here this afternoon after a militant attack at Sarnal- Anantnag in which he and his some other party colleagues had a narrow escape. 'There is no doubt that Mufti government is involved in today's attack. We have been politically fighting against Mufti. He wants to physically liquidate the NC leadership and we do not have any answer for such attacks', Omar said. The NC president demanded a high level probe by government of India into today's incident at Sarnal.' DGP conveyed to me that additional DG (CID) would hold a probe into the incident. But I have neither faith in the police nor in the state government. I want the central government to investigate the matter', he said. According to him, the Sarnal blast has raised many questions. On one side the state government and centre have been claiming improvement in the situation, but one the other side the situation is deteriorating on the ground level. That is evident from the fact that militants carried out two major strikes within four days at Sarnal. The incidents also exposed the designs of Mufti, Omar observed. 'Everybody knew that I, my father and top brass of NC were visiting Sarnal today to join the fourth day ceremony of Safdar Ali Beig. More importantly Dr Farooq Abdullah, who comes under Z-plus security category and I , who enjoys the same security status were to be present there. But the SSP Anantnag was missing at Sarnal. His absence has raised many doubts. The SSP reached on the spot 15 minutes after the blast', Omar said. He asked as to why the anti- sabotage teams failed to detect the IED. ' Either the teams did not do their duty or they were disallowed to perform their job. Even a blind person could have detected the IED. The jammer, which is meant to stop such type of IED explosions became the target of the blast. Either the jammer is defective or its button was switched off prior to the attack', the NC president stated. He asked as to why these attacks are frequently taking place in south Kashmir, which is said to be stronghold of the chief minister.'Has Mufti any secret understanding there and wants to go slow there ', the NC president said. Referring to the demand of PDP that all previous elections in Kashmir should be probed, he said,'We are ready for such probes. We have given ample proof about the rigging by PDP in recent bye- elections'. Asked whether the NC legislators would resign if their allegations about rigging and deterioration in the situation were not probed, Omar said, 'Why should they resign. They are not responsible for the rigging and deterioration in situation. PDP is responsible for it and its legislators must resign', he said. Omar said his party men would continue to carry forward their policies to people, which are pro-people.' We are not like others who sit on a sofa in a closed room and issue statements', he said.


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