Mehbooba sees a diversionary tactic by Omar

January 11, 2012 02:44 am | Updated November 17, 2021 04:44 am IST - SRINAGAR:

People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday alleged that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah raked up the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) issue to divert attention from the death of a ruling National Conference (NC) worker in police custody last year.

“Omar took up the issue of AFSPA to divert attention from the custodial killing of Mohammad Yousuf Shah,” she said.

The NC worker died on September 30 in police custody after two fellow party workers accused him of taking Rs 1.18 crore from them for getting them berths in the Legislative Council.

“He [Mr. Abdullah] was never really concerned about the revocation of the AFSPA. He wanted that time period, that gap, when everybody started discussing the AFSPA and not the death [of Shah],” she said.

The PDP leader claimed that a civilian killed in Sopore last week in a gun-battle between the police and militants did not die in the crossfire.

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