Former chief minister Omar Abdullah Thursday hit out at the BJP-PDP coalition government in the state for letting off 22 men arrested for rioting in Jammu, saying they have been released on the “directions of Nagpur”.
“In assembly, we were assured that the rioters in Jammu would be arrested and booked. But not only have they been released but cases against them have also been withdrawn,” Omar said while addressing a poll rally in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, from where Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is contesting the byelections. “These people, involved in serious rioting, have been let off on the directions of Nagpur,” he said, referring to the RSS headquarters.
Omar said the state government was being run by the RSS by remote control from Nagpur. “Essentially, Nagpur is calling the shots in our state,” he said. “Mehbooba ji is just a puppet.”
Omar, the working president of opposition National Conference, said the state response would have been different had the rioting happened in Kashmir. “If the rioters were Kashmiri separatists or for that matter commoners, by now they would have been booked under the Public Safety Act,” he said. “They (Kashmiris) are not allowed to talk, forget burning a bus.”
Rioters set ablaze many vehicles in Jammu after a man was allegedly caught on camera desecrating a temple in the city. Police arrested 22 people for rioting but let them off within a day.