Masrat Alam`s arrest will bring relief to people: CM Omar

J&K CM Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the arrest of hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Masrat Alam will bring relief to the people of the Valley who were suffering due to his weekly protest and strike calendars.

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2010, 21:10 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the arrest of hardline Hurriyat
Conference leader Masrat Alam will bring relief to the people
of the Valley who were suffering due to his weekly protest and
strike calendars.

"I think not for us (Government) but for the people it is
a relief as they faced problems due to the calendars issued by
him," Omar said.
He said anybody`s arrest will not have any impact on the
Kashmir issue. "There is going to be no impact on the Kashmir
issue if anybody is arrested or released... if anyone issues a
calendar or not," he said.

Asked about the circumstances leading to Alam`s arrest,
the Chief Minister said there are many secrets behind that.

"We had been searching for him for the last four months.
There are many secrets how he has been arrested now and these
should remain so," Omar said.

"There are lots of things how he (Alam) was found all of
a sudden and what steps have been taken after his arrest,"
he said.
Alam went underground soon after protests erupted on June
11 over the killing of a teenager Tufail Mattoo. He later
issued regular protest calendars and also sent video messages
from the hiding.

The 39-year-old separatist leader, who has been booked
under Public Safety Act (PSA), was evading arrest for the last
four months. He was arrested from a house in Tailbal locality
on the outskirts of Srinagar city last night.

PTI