Afzal Guru hanging: Omar Abdullah calls for calm in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah urged all the citizens of the state to exercise restraint following the secret hanging and burial of Afzal Guru.

Updated: Feb 09, 2013, 12:55 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday urged all the citizens of the state to exercise restraint following the secret hanging and burial of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in Delhi’s Tihar Jail this morning.

“I understand there is a certain degree of angst and there are some who would like to exploit this situation. I urge restraint.”

“I urge the people of Jammu & Kashmir not to resort to any violent protest. To media I appeal please verify, don’t fall for rumours,” he added.

Talking to press, the J&K CM said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde telephoned him on Friday at 8 pm to inform him about the decision to execute Afzal Guru.

There was no case registered against Afzal Guru in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we were not required to sign on his death sentence, said Abdullah.

“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."

"In contrast to (JKLF chairman) Maqbool Bhat, there was no case against Afzal Guru in the state and as such the chief minister or the government did not have to sign his ... death warrant," Abdullah said.

Bhat was hanged in 1984 in the Tihar Jail.
He further clarified that Army has not been called out in Jammu and Kashmir.

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 am 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 December 13, 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 picked up by police on December 15.

(With ANI inputs)