Counsel, don’t threaten people protesting at encounter sites: Omar to Govt

‘After Army’s chief’s warning, more people swarming encounter sites’


Srinagar: National Conference Working President and Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday that government should ‘counsel’ not ‘threaten’ people who protest at encounter sites.

“The government should deal with the people who disrupt security operations during encounters by counseling them rather than threatening them,” Omar told reporters after the National Conference held a core group meeting on the upcoming by-polls.

Omar said that after Army chief’s warning more people are swarming the encounter sites.

“Even after Army chief warned the protesters and called then anti-national, more people came out of their home and swarmed the encounter sites. By threatening and warning people, the issue cannot be addressed. The government should realize the sentiments of the people and take measure to address them,” Omar said.

Omar lashed out at the present dispensation whiles saying that in times when militancy is posing a grave threat, security of former NC ministers and legislatures is being slashed.

“Election Commission of India should ensure security of candidates and campaigners during by-polls,” he said.
The former chief minister also said that the government has failed to restore Srinagar-Jammu highway for traffic movement and arrangement for stranded passengers.

“The restoration of traffic on Highway has exposed the callous approach of the government,” he said.

With inputs from KNS

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