No say in Afzal Guru's hanging, urge people to maintain calm: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, Feb 9 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday made it clear that there is no involvement of the state government in the hanging of Afzal Guru, and appealed to the people not to allow law and order situation go out of control.

Omar Abdullah said: "Yesterday (Friday) approximately around 8 pm, I received the call from the Union Home Minster. We were asked to put in place whatever plan of action is required to check the fallout of this action. We have prepared ourselves from yesterday night itself to keep law and order situation under control. I want to clarify unlike in the case of Maqbool Butt there was no involvement of the Jammu and Kashmir Government in this case. We had no say in the matter."

"I appeal to the people to not let situation go out of control, as some vested interests would try to use hanging of Afzal Guru to serve their narrow interests. In 2010, I saw that media reported on the basis of rumours, so request them to verify all the news."

A curfew has been imposed in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure since early morning today after the execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Scores of personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the state police have been deployed in Srinagar and other sensitive parts of the valley.

According to certain reports, the people residing in majority areas in the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, Baramulla, Sopore, Anantnag and Pattan, have been issued directions to remain at home.

Sensitive areas of the state have been sealed and the army is also on high alert.

Guru was hanged at 8 a.m. today. Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.

On 13th December 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.

They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.

A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.

Guru, a Kashmiri Muslim, was arrested within hours after the attack from a bus in the national capital. (ANI)


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