Shah killing: J&K govt assures speedy probe

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said speedy investigations will be carried out to identify the persons involved in the killing of Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chief Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah.

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 16:09 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said speedy investigations will be carried out to identify the persons involved in the killing of
Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chief Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah.

"It took 20 years for separatists to admit who was behind the death of Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq (father of Hurriyat Conference chairman Umar Farooq). I am not going to wait
another 20 years for the truth to come out," he told reporters on the sidelines of a news agency Employees` Federation meeting here.

The religious leader, who had denounced stone-pelting and was engaged with the Centre`s interlocutors, was killed in a blast outside a mosque in the city on April 8.

When asked if the attack was handiwork of militants, Omar said, "You know it as much as I know...Investigation is on. We have certain directions that we are following. As soon as we
have something concrete to share with you, we will share it."

polls, he said, "It was an internal matter of BJP...If you can prove that the ruling NC-
Congress coalition had bought the votes, we (the government) will resign."

Seven of 11 BJP MLAs had voted for the candidates of NC-Congress alliance which won five out of the six seats in the polls that took place on April 13. Opposition PDP bagged
one seat.

All the MLAs later submitted their resignation to the party high command on moral grounds.

PTI