After scathing criticism triggered by the media campaign that nobody in the government consoled the paramilitary, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah rushed to Srinagar airport to lay floral wreaths on coffins of CRPF men who died in a Fidayeen militant attack on Wednesday. A group of CRPF personnel had earlier expressed anger that no government official was present at the funeral at district police lines Srinagar, Thursday morning.
State Police Chief Ashok Prasad presided over the wreath laying function in Srinagar’s DPL. The occasion was emotional as the coffins draped in tricolor were loaded in a waiting truck for the onward journey to airport. As a mark of respect to the slain CRPF men, police and paramilitary contingents performed gun-reversal before they were sent off.
However, the function turned into a controversy as certain media reports criticized Omar Abdullah for staying away, forcing the chief minister to rush to the airport for laying wreaths at the coffins of the slain personnel.
It is pertinent to mention here that the chief minister traditionally does not attend the wreath laying functions. In certain cases, it has been MoS home who would represent the state along with the state police chief. MoS Home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo is right now in Berlin to attend a tourism related function.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah is camping in Srinagar since Wednesday to monitor the situation after the Fidayeen attack in Bemina area of the city.