Defensive Abdullahs' take on Modi, says he is yet to apologize for Gujarat riots

New Delhi, Aug. 12 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), defending his government's stand to impose curfew in communal violence-torn regions, saying that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was apathetic in taking action during the Gujarat 2002 riots.

Abdullah's government has been severely criticized for not being able to curb the communal violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Oh that's right they can't because their star PM (Narendra Modi) hopeful waited days to call out the army and has yet to apologise... Hypocrites" Abdullah said on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

Farooq Abdullah had referred to the Gujarat communal riots in Parliament today, after his party was criticized for the way they handled the Kishtwar clashes.

"In 2002, Gujarat did not allow people to enter Ahmedabad, did not deploy the army. It is not the property of Modi," Farooq Abdullah said.

Omar Abdullah's State Government has been under severe scrutiny after communal clashes broke out in Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir, and curfew was imposed in the region.

Earlier Leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha) Arun Jaitley, who was detained at the Jammu airport for several hours yesterday because of the curfew, also attacked the Jammu and Kashmir State Government and called for a comprehensive enquiry into the clashes and questioned why no arrests have been made so far.

"The whole incident requires to be investigated. This is not an inter-community disturbance. It is not a law and order situation. It is a matter of India's sovereignty. Those affected must be compensated and the guilty brought to book," Jaitley said.

Calling on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to use his widely acknowledged legal skills to determine how Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code should actually and correctly be applied, Jaitley pointedly asked "What if governments in BJP-run states start imposing Section 144 to prevent AICC leaders from entering their states? India is not a banana republic."

Jaitley had yesterday blamed the authorities for hiding the ground realities that led to the violence.

"Shops belonging to a particular community were burnt, their vehicles were burnt, dozens of people were injured, some people have died also, houses have been looted and this violence has now spread to towns like Rajouri," Jaitley said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister also confirmed that he has received State Home Minister Sajaad Kitchloo's resignation that asked to be relieved of his responsibilities pending the outcome of the judicial inquiry on the violence erupted in Kishtwar.

Abdullah has forwarded Kitchloo's resignation letter to the Governor.

Curfew continued to be in force in Kishtwar town on Monday due to prevailing tension in the wake of last week's communal clashes.

Educational institutions have been shut across the state and mobile internet services blocked after clashes took a turn for the worse on Sunday.

Apart from Kishtwar, seven other districts are under curfew, including Jammu and Rajouri, following acts of arson and violence.

Army personnel continue to patrol key areas to maintain law and order.

State Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has ordered a judicial probe into the clashes, which has claimed the lives of three persons so far. (ANI)


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