Srinagar: Faced with continuing trouble on
the streets, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
today directed the security forces to ensure that there were
no human rights violations, and at the same time warned of
strong action against "instigators and disruptive elements"
who were "misguiding" the youth.
Chairing a high-level meeting of senior ministers and
top police officials, Omar asked security forces to exercise
utmost restraint while dealing with the civilians and said
those found guilty of human rights violations will be dealt
with strictly as per law.
"My government is concerned, conscious and vigilant to
deal firmly with those found indulging in human rights
violations," the Chief Minister asserted.
Making it clear that death of any innocent civilian is a
cause of deep concern for the government, he, however, said
that the government cannot afford to be complacent against
those who want to be a law unto themselves and disturb the
peace and tranquility in the state.
"My government is committed to maintain peace and order
and shall take strong measures against those elements who for
their own political considerations and vested interests want
to exploit and misguide the youth of the state," he said at
the meeting convened to discuss the situation following the
killing of two youths in Sopore in North Kashmir.
Omar laid special emphasis on the need for the security
force personnel to strictly follow the Standard Operating
Procedures (SOP) to deal with any situation particularly in
the light of the recent developments.
All the ministers issued an appeal to the people to see
through the nefarious designs of those elements who, without
forsaking their own comforts, were putting the people of the
state in discomfort.
They said the mischief mongers will be identified and
While taking stock of the situation, the Ministers took
some important decisions to fix accountability and take
appropriate measures to effectively deal with the law and
The meeting was attended among others by Deputy Chief
Minister Tara Chand, Cabinet Ministers Ali Mohammad Sagar,
Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Chief Secretary S S
Kapur and Director General Police Kuldeep Khoda.