People should not fall prey to emotional blackmailing and beware of rumour mongers bent upon disturbing peace for vested interests, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said.

His comments came in the wake of violent protest by people over alleged blasphemous depiction of the holy city of Madina on some products, the reports which later proved to be incorrect after police investigation.

“Some elements are bent upon disturbing peace for vested interests and people should not get carried away by their nefarious designs,” Mr. Abdullah said, adding the rumour about desecration of holy places was found totally incorrect.

“Even a blind will not say that the picture is of Kaba Sharief,” Mr. Abdullah said.

Addressing a function after inaugurating Rs. 18 crore Sangarmal Complex here, he said a comprehensive development programme has been started for making Srinagar a model city, for which conducive and peaceful atmosphere is imperative.

Without naming any group, he said “some people nurture their politics on disturbance and violence and common people have to bear the brunt“.

Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand said construction of a satellite town in Srinagar has been envisaged, besides other city development works.