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Farooq launches veiled attack on Geelani

Union Minister Farooq Abdullah said that after the custodial death of a youth in Sopore some politicians were giving an impression as if the entire Valley was burning.



Srinagar: In a veiled attack on the hardline
faction of Hurriyat Conference, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah
on Wednesday said that after the custodial death of a youth in Sopore
some politicians were giving an impression as if the entire
Valley was burning.

"Jammu and Kashmir government had taken steps to bring
the culprits in Sopore custodial death to the book but some
politicians were blowing up the incident," Abdullah said.

Abdullah said in the aftermath of the youth`s death,
some politicians were giving an impression as if the entire
Valley was burning.

"It is not as if whole of Kashmir is burning. Normal
life is going on in the Valley," he said.

Without naming anyone, Abdullah said some politicians
were not interested in the well being of the poorer sections
of the society in Kashmir.

"They do not want the poor people of Kashmir to earn a
livelihood but want to have sumptuous cuisines in their
homes," he said apparently referring to the strike called by
hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani
against Rashid`s death.

"The state government has taken steps to identify the
culprits and punish them. The investigations are going on,"
Abdullah, who is also president of ruling National Conference,
told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

He said nobody wanted that incidents like death of Nazim
Rashid in police custody at Sopore in Baramulla district
should take place.

"Now that is has happened ... those responsible will
have to bear the consequences," he said.

Three cops have been suspended, a DySP attached and the
Superintendent of Police Sopore transfered as part of probe
into the youth`s death in custody on July 31.

In response to a question, Abdullah said opposition
People`s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders would be in a better
position to say how they felt after being stoned by angry
residents in Sopore town yesterday.

"Farooq Abdullah did not go there. Those who went will
be in a better position to answer this," he added.

PTI

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