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No plea from Afzal Guru for transfer to a jail in J&K: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah said his government has received no plea from Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru for shifting him to a jail in the state.



New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said his government has received no plea
from Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru for shifting
him to a jail in the state.

"I have not received any application from Guru`s side so
far. As and when I will receive it, we will take a view on
that," Omar told reporters after meeting Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram here.

The Supreme Court had on February 11 sought the Centre`s
response on a plea of 41-year-old Guru, who has been sentenced
to death in the Parliament attack case, for transfer to a
prison in Jammu and Kashmir from Tihar Jail.

He sought his transfer on the ground that his family
members live there and that it was difficult for them to come
over to the national capital to meet him.
In his petition, filed through advocate Kamakshi Singh
Mahilwal, Guru pleaded that he has a 11-year-old son, while
his mother is above 80 years and it is difficult for them to
visit Delhi.

He said it is also not possible for his family to bear
the cost of their travel from Jammu and Kashmir to Delhi and
added that the government should either transfer him to a
Jammu and Kashmir jail or bear the cost of his family`s
travel.

Omar said during his meeting with Chidambaram he
discussed the prevailing law and order situation in
Jammu and Kashmir, the issue of withdrawing the Disturbed
Areas Act from some part of the Valley and removal of more
bunkers from civilians areas.
On reduction of paramilitary forces, Omar said, "It has
been our constant endeavour to reduce the footprints of
security forces and it will be done after assessing the ground
situation in the state."

PTI

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