Kulgam rape: Omar appeals for peace
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Last Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011, 21:22
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 culprits.

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.


First Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 21:22

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