Facts distorted: Omar on custodial death

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 03, 2011 12:10 hrs

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday broke his silence and said that he was shocked to see that how the facts were misinterpreted by opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) leaders over the custodial death of National Conference worker Syed Muhmmad Yusuf Shah.

"What followed after the death of Yusuf was unfortunate. But what has been more unfortunate was that in the way the fact has been distorted and presented in a completely irrelevant manner to the actual fact of the case," Abdullah said on Monday.

He said that it was shocking for him to see that instead of noting the fact that he had immediately taken action against the allegations of corruption against an ´individual who was concerned with National Conference´, he and his party members were ´suggested´ to have been involved in some criminal activity.

"It has in turn somehow been suggested that I and my colleagues of mine have been involved in criminal activities," Abdullah said.

He admitted that two of his party colleagues had meet him and ´levelled allegations´ against a third member of the party, last week.

"In the interest of transparency and fair play I decided to call all these three. I also called ministry of state for home to stay there, realizing the criminal nature of the allegation that has been leveled," Omar said.

"Upon realization of the seriousness and the magnitude of the allegation I immediately referred the case to Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir police and asked them to proceed on the matter on the basis of the fact that they would ascertain on the basis of their investigation," he said.

On Monday the Jammu and Kashmir assembly was adjourned for half an hour on Monday after a pandemonium over the custodial death of National Conference worker Syed Muhmmad Yusuf Shah.

The chief opposition party of the state People's Democratic Party (PDP) called for an adjournment motion and demanded to suspend the normal working of the proceedings of the house besides demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

However, the speaker of Jammu and Kashmir assembly, Mohammed Akhbar Lone, had disallowed the passage of the motion on Monday.He said that any sort of disruption would disturb the proper judicial probe in the incident.

He was severely criticised by the PDP leaders.

PDP MLA Ifitkhar Hussain Ansari allegedly threw a pedestal fan on the ground on Monday as they protested against the ruling government over the issue.

Incidentally on Sunday Omar Abdullah government had rejected the demand of resignation of Chief Minister that was demanded by PDP.

Yusuf who died in police custody last week was allegedly involved in a corruption of large sum of money besides involving in political fixing, media reports said.

He was handed over to the Crime Branch by Omar Abdullah and National Conference leaders after Yusuf was involved in a conflict with the Chief Minister on Thursday for allegedly taking Rs. 1 crore from top party leaders promising them a seat in the Legislative Council.

Yusuf was found dead of heart attack, a day after he was handed over to the Crime Branch, media reports said.

"He was manhandled by Chief Minister," Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, president of Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party, alleged.

"We called adjournment motion because we have concluded that if he can silent a man who is his friend then what will happen to us, we are in the opposition," she said.

Demanding the resignation of Omar Abdullah she pointed that the Chief Minister had acted both as a judge and a jury with Yusuf.

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