‘Omar raked up AFSPA issue to divert attention’

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti alleged J&K CM had raked up the AFSPA issue to divert attention from the death of a ruling NC worker.

Srinagar: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti
on Tuesday alleged Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
had raked up the AFSPA issue to divert attention from the
death of a ruling National Conference worker in police custody
last year.

"Omar took up the issue of AFSPA to divert attention from
custodial killing of Mohammad Yousuf Shah," she said.

The NC worker died on September 30 last year in police
custody after two fellow party workers accused him of taking
Rs 1.18 crore from them for getting them berths in the
Legislative Council.

"He (Omar) was never really concerned about the
revocation of AFSPA. He wanted that time period, that gap,
when everybody started discussing AFSPA and not the death (of
Shah)," she said.

Mehbooba said the Chief Minister succeeded in diverting
the attention.

The PDP leader also claimed that a civilian killed in
Sopore last week during a gunbattle between police and
militants did not die in the cross-fire.

"The family said no one came to save him. First, it was
alleged he was a militant but then the statement was changed,"
Mehbooba said after meeting the family of Mehraj-ud-din, a
shopkeeper who died Saturday.

"He was nowhere in between. It was not that he was
trapped in between, that is what his family said," the PDP
chief said.


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