Kulgam rape: Omar appeals for peace

In the aftermath of violent protests over the alleged rape of a woman by two Army personnel, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah appealed for peace.

Srinagar: In the aftermath of violent
protests over the alleged rape of a woman by two Army
personnel, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday appealed for peace to allow authorities to unearth the
facts behind the incident.

"I appeal to the people not to resort to violence,
stone pelting and setting vehicles on fire, but give chance to
the law enforcing agencies to unearth the facts," Omar said
after laying foundation stone of a tunnel at Wazur village in
Qazigund, 80 km from here, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

The 32-year-old woman had accused Army personnel of
abduction and rape in Kulgam district last week, triggering
violent protests in her home town and a shutdown across the
Kashmir Valley.

"Law (enforcing) agencies should be given some time to
unearth truth and book the culprits," he said, adding that
taking law and order in hands endanger precious human lives
without yielding any result.

"During the last year, we have witnessed this kind of
situation. We should be wise enough not to get astray by
provocations," he said, assuring stern action against the

Omar said his government has never tried to hide the
truth nor will do so in future.

"My government will shun power than hide any fact or
protect the culprits. The track record itself speaks of the
action taken by it on various incidents and bringing the facts
to surface," the chief minister said.

Without naming opposition PDP, he said certain
politicians are frustrated to see peace return in the Valley,
successful panchayat polls, good tourist season and high pace
of development.

"They are jealous of these developments and are in
search of a chance to disturb law and order, and peace in the
state," he added.


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