Omar blames stone-pelters for curfew in Srinagar



Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday justified the imposition of curfew-like restrictions in parts of Srinagar city, in the aftermath of destruction of a revered shrine on Monday, blaming the incidents of stone-pelting for the harsh measures.

"Why don't you blame the stone pelters? If I was (were) so keen to 'curfew you', I'd have done it without the stone throwing", Omar wrote on the micro-blogging site twitter.Com.

Omar was responding to criticism over the curfew-like restrictions imposed in six police station areas of the old city as a preventive measure following violent clashes on Monday that left over 50 persons injured.

The clashes broke out after the 200-year-old Dastageer Sahib Shrine at Khanyar was gutted in a fire incident.

Responding to a "taunt" that "in Kashmir CM stands for Curfew Minister", the Chief Minister responded, "Enjoy yourselves. You have to find something to amuse yourselves, so have fun".

PTI