Kishtwar violence: Omar rakes up Gujarat riots as J&K Minister quits

Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo has resigned in the wake of communal violence.

Written by Express News Service | Jammu | Published: August 12, 2013 2:20 pm

In a setback for the Jammu and Kashmir government,Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo has resigned in the wake of communal violence in Kishtwar. However,before going to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for tendering his resignation,Kitchloo decried attempts to malign his image in the matter.

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Confirming the development,Abdullah on Monday posted a tweet: “I have received Sajaad Kitchloo’s resignation asking to be relieved of his responsibilities pending the outcome of the judicial inquiry.”

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He further tweeted,”I am forwarding the same to the Hon. Governor with the recommendation that it be accepted.”

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The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister further hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party,launching an attack on Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley over the 2002 Gujarat riots.

He posted a tweet: “Would Jaitley be so kind as to inform Parliament whether the Gujarat Home Minister or MOS Home resigned or even offered to in 2002!”

“3 unfortunate deaths – 1 Hindu,2 Muslim & we’ve a judicial inquiry with my Minister resigning. Would the BJP care to recount 2002 response,” Omar further tweeted.

The Jammu and Kashmir also attacked Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi without naming him. The tweet said,”Oh that’s right they can’t because their star PM hopeful waited days to call out the army & has yet to apologise. Hypocrites.”

Meanwhile,the state government has imposed curfew and prohibitory orders on movement of people in most parts of the Jammu region including Kathua and Doda district.

Earlier,the state government had ordered an inquiry by the Divisional Commissioner in to the incident and promised severe punishment to those found responsible for death and destruction in Kishtwar. Omar had on Sunday accused BJP of trying to flare up violence in the state and appealed to people not to allow any political party to exploit their sentiments.

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